Thursday, April 16, 2009

Texans for Kinky


























Texans for Kinky - P.O. Box 92153 - Austin, TX 78709 - http://www.texansforkinky.com/ - http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/
Political ad paid for by Texans for Kinky, Abel Dominguez, Treasurer




Dear Fellow Texans:



Here's the way I see it: Democrats + Independents = Victory



I was serious when I ran for governor in 2006
and I'm serious now. I am a humorist, but I know these are not humorous
times for a lot of us. Part of the reason is the pathetic lack of
leadership at the state level. The last governor, I believe, who was
truly on the side of the people of Texas, was Ann Richards. She was a
very funny lady - she was also a great governor. I'll take my cues from
Ann Richards



I also draw inspiration from Ann Richards' mentor, Barbara
Jordan. Barbara believed that if one is attacked personally, one should
never counterattack personally. During the 2006 campaign I was attacked
personally. However, like Barbara Jordan, I have no desire to attack
anyone personally. Instead, like Barbara, I will merely relegate them
to my "forgive and remember list."



But I do not wish to fight yesterday's campaign again. Today, I
have taken the first step toward running for Governor in 2010 by
forming "Texans for Kinky," a committee to help with research and
raising the funds necessary to launch a successful campaign. Now is the
time to win. I'm running in the Democratic Primary because my heroes
have always been Democrats: Sam Houston, Sam Rayburn, Henry B.
Gonzales, Ralph Yarborough, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Liz
Carpenter, Jim Hightower and Molly Ivins. Their spirit is part of the
reason the Democratic Party is transforming itself into a more
progressive, populist mode - like the Democratic Party that dominated
the past century. It is a party that, at its best, always stood up for
the people against the special interests and big corporations. The men
and women I have mentioned as my heroes have done just that. And we can
do it, too.



It's time to end corporate handouts, get rid of the death
penalty, get rid of the TAKS Test, and get rid of the Republican
stranglehold on this state. Jim Hightower told me he believes the main
reason we've lost every statewide race since Ann Richards is the
inability of our candidates to excite the grassroots. Jim is talking
about rural folks, working people, independents, libertarians and even
disgruntled Republicans (many of whom used to be Democrats and should
be on our side).



I intend to run a serious campaign, one that grows the party. I
intend to visit and listen to the voices of neglected communities,
small towns, suburbs, and rural areas, often where Democrats have
lately feared to tread. This, I feel, is the very definition of being a
Democrat. I intend to play by the rules. I will endorse and campaign
for whomever wins the Democratic Primary.



Will the independents support me and vote as Democrats? I think
they will. I think many Texans appreciate and respect anyone who gets
knocked down and gets back up to fight again. Will Democrats take me
seriously? I think they will. When Barbara Jordan, who may well be
Texas' only modern-day statesman, was a young girl, she was never very
serious in school. The teachers reported to her father (Ben Jordan, a
very strict part-time preacher), that though she was the smartest kid
in the class, she was a perpetual cut-up, a troublemaker and a class
clown. When Ben had finally had enough of Barbara's antics, instead of
reprimanding her with his customary fire and brimstone iron-hand style,
he tried a different approach. "Barbara," he said, "I'll stick with you
just as far as you want to go." That turned her around, and the rest is
truly history.



So I say to Democrats who may not yet take me seriously, I'll
stick with you just as far as you want to go. If we stick together
we'll go very far indeed. All the way to the Governor's Mansion!



God Bless Texas,


Kinky Friedman


Kinky Friedman


PS: Please show me you're serious about Texas' future too by making a campaign contribution now to Texans for Kinky.




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