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Just as I was about to write Texas off for once and for all – Willie Nelson, Austin and the luscious Dixie Chicks, notwithstanding - comes the welcome news of singer and novelist Kinky Friedman’s candidacy for governor to replace Bush clone, Rick Perry.

Finally there is someone running for office down there who is not another conservative, hypocritical piece of shit willing to sell his soul for riches and a chance at national office.

You will remember that Perry’s predecessor is none other than current presidential poser, George W. Bush, that New England Yankee turned urban cowboy that all of us love to hate.

As to the candidate, Kinky Friedman has spent the last 30 + years of his life in the public eye, first as leader of the country group, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, famous for such defiantly anti-PC ballads such as “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews like Jesus Anymore”, “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven & Your Buns in the Bed”, and later as a successful mystery novelist with over 20 books to his credit including: “Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola”, “Armadillos and Old Lace”, and “Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned”.

Kinky’s campaign has been up and running for the better part of a year now and is directed by Dean Barkley, the man who got Jesse Ventura elected governor in Minnesota. Barkley directs a team of 3,000 precinct captains and over 30,000 volunteers as they pound the pavement to collect the 45,540 signatures of registered voters needed to guarantee their candidate a slot on the upcoming ticket.

Under Texas law, Friedman has only 64 days to get the signatures and the only people eligible to sign are those who did not vote in either the Democratic or Republication primaries.

As to why at this stage in his career he would want the office, the black-clad, cowboy hat wearing, beer drinking, cigar chomping, Friedman was quick to respond, “People are drooling for the truth, they are begging for a little honesty from officials and they aren’t getting any. I’d like to have someone elected who can ride, shoot straight and tell the truth. Someone who’s not a Jack Abramoff-Tom Delay type but who is a Mark Twain-Will Rogers type – a truth-teller.”

“The parties are doing a disservice to Texas. They are monopolizing democracy,” according to Friedman. “The only time they (the politicians) get off their asses is to attack each other. And they’ll do it forever. They’ll never stop until there’s an alternative available.” “I think there are just people who are disgusted with politicians; people who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” With 71% of the state’s eligible voters staying home from the polls during the last gubernatorial election, Friedman has a point.

He also has an interesting platform that manages to merge such disparate ideologies as prayer in the schools, the acceptance of gay marriage and the elimination of the death penalty. ” When I say that I support gay marriages and prayer in school, they say this guy has got to be telling the truth. Instead of using gay marriage to take our eye off the ball; how about talking about real issues, like the border and education.”

Should Kinky be successful and succeed Rick Perry, he would have his work cut out for him. Citing current conditions in Texas candidate Friedman noted, “we are number one in executions, toll roads and property taxes. We’re at the very bottom – 50th in education and 50th in care of the elderly. One in four kids does not have health insurance”.

As governor, Friedman would increase funding to education boosting pay for teachers, police, firefighters and border security while also cutting property taxes. To make up the revenue difference, he would sell the naming rights to state sports facilities, legalize casino gambling and add a 1% tax surcharge on Texas oil and gas companies.

Such proposals have earned the candidate the ridicule of political pundits and politicians of both parties, a situation, which doesn’t bother the candidate one bit. “The people are taking me very seriously. They’re taking me more seriously than I take myself.”

So too apparently is the mainstream media with recent appearances on CBS’s 60 Minutes, NBC’s The Jay Leno Show, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Friedman also recently starred in a limited series for CMT, “Go Kinky”, focusing on the candidate as he traveled around Texas campaigning in his “Yom Kippur Clipper”, his self described vintage Jewish Cadillac, which he proudly boasts, “stops on a dime and picks it up.” “Go Kinky” features among others, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Bill Clinton, and Texas swing band leader (Asleep At The Wheel), Ray Benson.

Independent and eccentric though he may be, the plain speaking Friedman has already achieved icon status of a sort with the release of the very popular Kinky Friedman action figure. Selling for $29.95, the toy spouts lines like “I’m gonna de-wussify Texas if I have to do it one wuss at a time.”

A veteran of the Peace Corps, Friedman is also an animal rights activist having founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, whose mission is to care for stray, abused and aging animals. Through his work more than 1,000 dogs have been saved from euthanasia.

When not campaigning, Candidate Friedman lives on Echo Hill, a four-hundred-acre property in the Texas Hill Country, about an hour and a half west of Austin.

The reason that we have chosen to profile a candidate for a local race here in what is usually a national blog is because candidate Kinky represents what we feel is necessary for our country to have a future.

Politicians are responsible for most of what is bad about America. This is not an indictment of any one party, though admittedly, there is more to find fault with in the positions of the Republicans.

For America to prosper and thrive once again, we need to replace the entire political establishment, the House, Senate and most definitely, the President, with citizen politicians willing to speak the truth and prioritize the needs of the people. The current stock inhabiting the beltway has all but forgotten about the people as they frantically scurry about doing the bidding of the corporations.

Kinky Friedman is one such citizen politician. For that reason he needs to be elected and given free reign to fix his horribly broken state.

So it is with this that the RECOVERING LIBERAL announces it’s first endorsement for the upcoming election cycle.


Texas needs him. America needs him.


Denis Donovan - Editor


  1. Jeff Cole Says:

    I live in Australia Kinky. If you don’t win the election please come to Australia and help us get rid of the asshole that runs this country.

  2. Retro Says:

    I love anything vintage, especially old toys and cars.

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