Wow! Great news from the Lone Star state: Voters will have not one, but two independents to chooose from when they vote for governor this year. If either wins they would be the state’s first Independent governor since Sam Houston. One, Carole Keeton Strayhorn is a former Republican and mother to former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Numero Dos, Kinky Friedman, is a mistery novel writer and frontman for that great country band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys.
The last time Texas had an independent candidate for governor was in the year 1859. This November, there will be two. Both Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn were told yesterday they had enough signatures to get on the ballot. Strayhorn collected more than 100,000 valid signatures, Friedman collected more than 130,000.
“This is unprecedented and historic,” said Kristi Morgan-Turner Smith County Campaign Coordinator for Kinky Friedman. “There’s not only one, but two viable independent candidates on the ballot for Governor for the first time in 150 years in Texas, and there was a huge response for both candidates. We had people coming that hadn’t voted in 20 years.” The governor’s election is November 7th. We talked to someone from Strayhorn’s campaign earlier today who says they are very excited and thank everyone for their support. [/quote]
Damn, it’s days like this I wish I was a Texan.
For a some good laughs, check out the multimedia stuff on Kinkster’s website. (My personal favorite is the Press Conference with the talking Kinky action figure… “You can criticize me all you want, just don’t circumsize me anymore.”)