Kinky Friedman Says He May Run for Governor, and This Campaign Will Be "Serious"

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In 2006, Kinky Friedman -- singer, songwriter, satirist, head Jewboy in charge -- ran as an Independent for governor of Texas. Although he ultimately received less than 13 percent of the vote, it was still a memorable campaign, featuring slogans like, "Why the Hell Not?" and "How Hard Could It Be?" -- both excellent questions, and ones we've often had occasion to consider, watching Rick Perry run things.

He took another shot, equally unsuccessful and slightly less publicized, in 2009. Now, in between hawking his Man in Black tequila and chewing that cigar to a soggy stump, it looks like he's pondering making another run at the big seat next year. For serious this time.

On Saturday, Kinky stopped by Lakewood Medallion Discount Liquors to sign bottles of his tequila. While he was there, he told NBC-DFW that he's considering a possible run. His platform would consist of two main planks, both of them aimed at increasing tax revenue for the state: legalizing casino gambling and legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana.

"If we can accomplish those two things, we won't be talking about any kind of taxes for 30 years," he said.

This isn't the first mention he's made of a possible 2014 run. In August, he told the DMN's Wayne Slater that a desire to knock Perry out of place was his main motivation for running.

"Perry has created a state that's first in business climate and 49th in education," he said. "What's wrong with that picture?" He added, too, that he'd run as a Democrat this time around, and that he'd been reading Churchill in preparation.

"It would have to be a well-thought-out idea," he added. "I would go with what Bill Clinton told me before the last race -- find three areas that are really close to your heart, that you really believe in. Research those heavily and drive those home. Don't get distracted."

In an interview on 1310 AM The Ticket this morning, with some chatty dude named Robert Wilonsky, Friedman reiterated that his campaign wouldn't be a joke.

"I'm an old guy," he explained. "I'm 68 years old, although I read at a 70-year-old level. This will be my last campaign, and it'll be a serious one."

Just as long as there's tequila at the press conferences, alright?

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No way, Kinky. I collected signatures for you the time before last, because I liked what little you specified about your platform. When it became increasingly obvious that you were in it for personal PR and to siphon votes in order to protect Perry, you de facto admitted to a joke at our expense, and a deceit. Liked your music, but I'm old enough to remember when you were creative. Now you have nothing left to say and no credibility to say it with. Good riddance, fraudster-not-prankster. And Billy Gibbons' Pura Vida Tequila is better than anything you can hang your name on.


I wish we had national, state, and local gov'ts so inconsequential that electing someone like Kinky was a viable option and would not do too much harm.

FTR, folks ought to be able to piss their money away and smoke long as they never, ever get taxpayers to subsidize them.


The state that could not figure out electrical deregulation, keeps I35 two lanes wide in too many places, and lets ERCOT reward power companies who do not plan for the future is going to regulate and tax weed?  Out luck they will be making users purchase  star or state outline shaped objects that can only be used as suppositories or given in a shot to prevent cervical cancer.  Oh,  and they will make you wait in line at the county tax assessors office to get it .


Kinky is going to shill for Rick again?


like them or not, it would take a force more powerful than the Governor to get those deals passed in Texas.

everlastingphelps topcommenter

"His platform would consist of two main planks, both of them aimed at increasing tax revenue for the state: legalizing casino gambling and legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana."

Hell, I'll vote Democrat to get that done.

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@wcvemailI'm still waiting for the mayor of Houston to run for governor.  Until then I'm donating to Kinky, credible or not.  Consider it as protest vote.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter


I'm guessing it costs us as taxpayers far more to subsidize the DEA and their affiliates than it would ever cost us to keep every current and future stoner flush with Funyuns for the rest of their natural lives.

everlastingphelps topcommenter

@DickPerry Or, they will do it incompetently (and I would be willing to bet hard cash on government incompetence every time) and everyone will just grow their own for free.  Either way, we can stop wasting millions locking people up for having a joint.  Who knows, maybe with a few more intact families because papa didn't get sent to the penn for smoking a bone, we might be able to get a REAL improvement in our quality of life going.

Montemalone topcommenter

@ChrisYu Perhaps a mandatory bible with every ounce of weed, and a sonogram before you can spin the roulette wheel?



I voted for him last time he ran. I'll do it again. Hell, even if he merely sat on the back porch of the Governor's mansions and got high with Willy, Waylon and the boys, he would be doing less harm to the state that Gov. Big Hair.


@TheCredibleHulk @roo_ster Yes, the DEA is of the Devil, but not as bad as an entitlement program.

Entitlement programs are like herpes on the body politic: you can never get rid of them and they spread until they incapacitate the host.

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