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Friedman Wants Your Vote

Friedman Wants Your Vote

Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman gets the cover story treatment courtesy of this week’s Austin Chronicle. Friedman, who has a national following thanks to his best-selling books, may seem like an unlikely choice on paper… but there’s nothing predictable about Texas politics. Here’s an excerpt from Jordan Smith’s full article:

Friedman’s supporters have spent nearly a year planning for the upcoming petition drive, building a grassroots network of petition volunteers, and, most recently, promoting the “Save Yourself for Kinky” campaign, urging supporters and would-be petition signers to abstain from the primary. Frankly, says Barkley, the numbers are on Kinky’s side: barely 5% of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in the 2002 primary, and just over 36% actually voted in the November 2002 general election. According to Barkley, that leaves Kinky plenty of room to stride to victory. Kinky’s “not running against Perry, [he’s] running against apathy – and if [he] can beat apathetic voters, he can win,” he says, sitting at a wide desk inside a the Armstrong-McCall beauty supply outlet in Southeast Austin that serves as the Kinky Campaign World Headquarters, surrounded by campaign merchandise and the lingering smell of hair care products. (Hair products tycoon John McCall is a longtime Friedman aficionado and his major campaign underwriter.)

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