Kinky for Governor. Again.

Kinky Friedman tells the Dallas Morning News that he is mulling another run for governor.
Thu August 9, 2012 1:38 am
AP Photo | Eric Gay

It seems as though Kinky Friedman really, really, really wants to move into the governor's mansion. The singer dished to Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News that he is "seriously considering" entering the 2014 gubernatorial race as a Democrat, his third run for the spot since 2005.

“I don’t think Perry is going to win, and if he thinks he is, he’s very mistaken,” Kinky told Slater.

The singer's flirtation with yet another run may not go over well. Friedman ran as an independent in 2006 and came in fourth, winning a mere twelve percent of the vote in the six-way contest. Those votes could have propelled Democrat Chris Bell over Perry, and many Democrats have not forgiven him for this. (Friedman announced another gubernatorial run in April 2009, but dropped out a few months later to run in the Democratic primary for Agriculture Commissioner, a nomination he lost to Hank Gilbert.) And, as Slater wrote:

Friedman knows he has detractors. He knows that when some people hear he might run for governor again, they envision a rerun of a glitzy but ill-fated bid loaded with one-liners and light on position papers. But he also senses a gathering sentiment that people believe Perry has embarrassed the state and has rewarded wealthy interests at the expense of cash-strapped Texans worried about their health care and their children’s schools.

(Need a refresher on Friedman's 2005 campaign? TEXAS MONTHLY's John Spong hit the campaign trail with him, recording Friedman's great one-liners for posterity: "I'm for the little fellers, not the Rockefellers," "Friedman's just another word for nothing left to lose!" and "I can't screw it up any worse than it already is!")

In his interview with Slater, Friedman dinged Perry for creating a state "that's first in business climate and 49th in education." If he does run, Friedman plans to be a "more serious and substantive candidate," Slater wrote.

What a difference a year makes. Last August, twelve days after Perry officially launched his presidential campaign and it was still viewed as a thing full of promise, Kinky penned a serious(ish) op-ed supporting the governor in the Daily Beast . Friedman lauded Perry for his for his stewardship of the Texas economy and his pro-Israel stance.

So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.

(The piece also contains the great line, "If I have a big problem, I ask God for the answer. He tells Rick Perry. And Rick tells me.")

All this praise seems to have melted away. "Most of us realize the real comedian is already in the Governor’s Mansion," Kinky told Slater.

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