Friday, September 22, 2006

Kinky the target

Apparently someone dug back in the past to find dirt on Kinky and came up with him doing something that, taken out of context, could look fairly discriminatory. I would like someone to direct me to that advertisement (used by his opponents) or the original source.

Kinky Friedman Campaign Statement

While Rick Perry was cheerleading in college and Chris Bell was being potty trained, Kinky Friedman was picketing segregated restaurants in Austin to integrate them. Now that Kinky’s in second place and a serious threat to the two-party system, Perry and Bell have paid political assassins to dig back as far as 30 years through fictional books, comedy shows and satirical song lyrics, desperately seeking to paint Kinky as a racist.

Republicans and Democrats have created an entire industry-- called Opposition Research-- whose sole purpose is to tarnish and destroy people’s reputations. This is why regular citizens don't run for office. If you do, and you start to threaten the system as Kinky has, you’re going to be attacked.

Kinky has overcome all of the obstacles placed before him - getting on the ballot, raising millions of dollars, building the largest grassroots network Texas has ever seen, and breaking 20% in the polls months ago. He's a serious threat to the establishment, and when you threaten the political establishment, they use the money generated from their formidable fundraising machines to pay for "dirty tricks" tactics to manipulate the press.

It's a slimy industry that exists for the sole purpose of destroying people and -- like cockroaches-- scurries for the shadows whenever a light is shined on it.

The latest political assassination attempt takes completely out of context a controversial word that Kinky was using in a 1980 stand-up performance to lampoon racists. Playing a character on stage, Kinky was exposing bigotry through comedy and satire.

It’s pathetic that the major-party candidates have sunk to this – trying to paint Kinky as a racist when, in fact, he was poking fun at racists. Shame on the press for being complicit. Rather than confront our opponents on their tactics and get the full story, they are allowing industries like opposition research to exist and operate outside the understanding of most voters.

Posted by Kinky Web on September 21, 2006 04:18 PM |

By the way, I use one of Kinky's quotes in my normal email signature. I, too, am a dog person.
“They say when you die and go to heaven all the dogs and cats you've ever had in your life come running to meet you."
- Kinky Friedman
* I sincerely wish that this statement is true. I had some good dogs and cats and hope to see them again.

dantravels

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kinky was the victim of a pathetic political ploy. Some bloggers who work for Democrat State Rep. Garnet Coleman are responsible for this story. They dug up an audio file of Kinky doing a comedy routine in the early 80's in which he used the "n-word" in a joke making fun of racists.

In reality Kinky's joke was no more "racist" than Mel Brooks is for Blazing Saddles. These people don't have any sense of humor to begin with, but what's worse is that they're being so blatantly disingenuous with their attacks on him. One Houston tv station even had a segment where they quoted Quannell X demanding that Kinky drop out for being "racist."

For anybody who doesn't know Quannell X, he's a vicious bigotted anti-semite activist from Houston with Nation of Islam ties. That's how farcical this ploy is - they're getting real life bigots like Quannell X to call Kinky a "racist."

And make no mistake - Chris Bell's people are behind it too. They're embarassed at the fact that Kinky is outpolling them. Just wait - it will get worse though. Within a week expect them to be quoting "Asshole from El Paso" as if they "discovered" it in a hidden secret record vault from 30 years ago. They'll round up some LULAC activist to call Friedman a "racist," then use the article as an excuse to reprint this story as well.