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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Kinky- Down And Out?

Via BOR and the Houston Chronicle:

The gubernatorial campaign of independent candidate Kinky Friedman has laid several people off and taken some of his friends off the payroll, but the campaign director Friday insisted they are not shutting down.

"The rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated," campaign manager Dean Barkley said. "Nobody's jumping out of the second-story window over here or committing hara-kiri."

Campaign spokeswoman Laura Stromberg said part of the restructuring includes hiring Reid Nelson as a senior campaign aide.

Nelson was campaign manager for former Vice President Dan Quayle during his first race for Congress in Indiana. Nelson also has done international political consulting, she said. Barkley said the campaign has let go about four people who were involved with fundraising and college outreach so the campaign can focus on getting Friedman on the ballot next year.

Hmm, friends on the payroll, problems managing money, doesn't this sound like like someone else we know?

But here's the thing, shouldn't the Kinky campaign have been focusing on getting on the ballot already? I mean it's not as if the Kinky campaign had decided to challenge the ballot access laws in Texas and just lost their suit. They've known about this.

According to Damon McCullar, Kinky's also refused to put in the time and effort to fundraise. And without money he can't get his message out, or let people know that he's running for Governor and not vote in the party primaries. The campaign is floundering right now, on the verge of flaming out. But most independent campaigns do. Look at the third candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Speculation abounded, "whose he gonne pull from, is he viable? He's a Republican in a Republican state, but he's a straight shooter, got integrity. Not like Kilgore. Is he going to win?" He's polling what, five percent? Guys like Bernie Sanders or The Body are the exceptions. Anyone else remember Perot's sudden withdrawal that was so conspicuously close to the time when alot of polls were showing him at or near the top?

It's one thing to daydream that all your adoring fans will come out and donate money or blockwalk for you, giving you the sort of instituational support that both major parties have. It's another thing to start actually campaigning, and it's something completely different to think of yourself as serious enough to actually win.