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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Why the hell not?

That's the slogan of Kinky Friedman, author of the delightful Kinky Friedman detective novel series, for his campaign to run for governor of Texas. A recent biographical note in Mystery Scene magazine reveals his lighter side. His books are weirdly funny. A favorite scene of mine has Kinky -- as he notes in the article, having a main character with the same name as the author blurs distinctions -- hide some important papers in his cat's litter box, guaranteeing they will not be found by bad guys searching his apartment.

While he claims a major reason for running for governor is that he needs more closet space, and "wants to be misunderstood just as much as the next guy," he does appear to have some other agendas, support for education being one of them, "Guam is now passing us in funding public schools," and he wants to "de-wussify Texas," taking us back to the days when "cowboys all sang and their horses were smart." He's against the death penalty, but only because he doesn't want to risk executing the wrong guy, and for gay marriage since "they have every right to be as miserable as the rest of us." Emulating amateurs Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, he's all for clearing out the politicians, "after that, I want to clear out the Californians."

Lack of experience should not be a problem. "Trust me. I'm a Jew. I'll hire good people. . . If elected, I would ask Willie Nelson to be head of the Texas Rangers and Energy Czar."

Should be a lot of fun.
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