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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Kinky: Picking Up The Canine Vote

Kinky Friedman stopped by the Bexar County Humane Society yesterday:

Bolstering his reputation as a different breed of candidate (ed note: ba dum bum), Kinky Friedman brought his unorthodox campaign for governor to San Antonio on Wednesday, pressing paws with animals at the Humane Society of Bexar County.

"It beats kissin' babies," he said with a chuckle.

The eccentric humorist, pet lover and aspiring political candidate has injected a note of levity into the 2006 governor's race with his unconventional strategy that includes cartoons and talking action figures.

Not a bad stop, I mean, what kinds of person hates animals? Hitler? But that's the good part. The bad part?

He said if elected he would use the Texas Enterprise Fund, designed to attract business to the state, to fund mental health programs, animal shelters and possibly even a plan to lure the New Orleans Saints to Texas.

"We could sure spread it around," he said.

He added that he would like to set up a "special forces unit" on the U.S.-Mexico border to "go after the coyotes" that bring undocumented immigrants across the Rio Grande and often abandon them.

Friedman said he doesn't believe Texas needs a state income tax and should instead pursue things like legalizing casino gambling to rev up the state's revenue stream.

Hmm. So he's for turning the Gubernatorial slush fund into some sort of one-time quasi patronage fund, a "special forces unit" for the border, and no income tax but the legalization of gambling?

And why I should be concerned about Kinky pulling from Bell again?