Saving the world, one governor at a time
CARBONDALE – Anything can happen when Kinky Friedman is in the house – even a marriage proposal.During the author’s book reading at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library Friday, a female member of the standing-room only crowd suggested the two marry.”My second husband was from Texas, and I really enjoyed it there,” she said. “I wondered if you wanted to be my third husband.”The novelist, musician, humorist and potential Texas gubernatorial candidate wasn’t quite sure how to answer, but joked she could be his First Lady in the governor’s mansion, along with his rescued dogs.”I have five dogs who are looking forward to moving into the governor’s mansion,” said Friedman, whose Texas ranch is also home to the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. “I’ve always liked stray dogs better than fat cats.”
Friedman read from his book “Scuse Me While I Whip This Out” and spoke about his life to the estimated 150 people in attendance.”I was born in Chicago and lived there one year,” he said. “I couldn’t find work, moved to Texas, and haven’t worked since.”He also talked about his aspirations to run for Texas governor.”If I get on the ballot, I’ll be the first independent in 147 years to get on the ballot,” said Friedman, who appeared at the Belly Up in Aspen Thursday for a United Jewish Appeal of Aspen Valley benefit. “I bring no political experience to politicalship. I have a lot of human experience. What I really want to do is get the politicians out of politics.”Friedman, who has penned 23 mystery novels and has his own “politically correct” line of salsas and dips, also commented on Texas voters and offered up a sampling of his political views.”I think they (Texans) are drooling for truth,” he said. “I support gay marriage – I think they should be as miserable as the rest of us.”
Holding an unlit cigar and donning a black cowboy hat, Friedman explained his motivation for entering the governor’s race.”I basically saw a problem with the state of Texas, and I wanted to try and fix it,” he said. “I’m running for governor, not God. I’m changing the world one governor at a time.”Friedman is not so interested in becoming the leader of the free world, but said friend First Lady Laura Bush could fit the bill.”She would make a great president,” he said. “I think he (Bush) is a good man trapped in a Republican’s body.”With his campaign slogan “How Hard Could It Be?” and a talking action figure to help spread his word, Friedman hopes to collect at least 50,000 signatures to appear on the Texas ballot starting March 8.”I think the Cryps and the Bloods, I mean the Republicans and the Democrats, are in for a shock,” said Friedman, who likened himself to friend and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. “Like Jesse, the politicians ignored him until the end. If we get 50 percent voter turnout, then I’ll be Texas governor.”
Marty Garfinkel, owner of Roadside Gallery in Carbondale, was on hand Friday to meet Friedman and cheer on his run for governor. Garfinkel has read every one of Friedman’s books and owns every record he has released.”I’m going to tell him ‘I’m a fan of yours and I certainly hope you continue writing and make it to the governor’s mansion,'” said Garfinkel, who planned to present Friedman with “The Quotable Mises” quote book. “He’s funny, he’s a rebel, and he’s not part of the inner circle. I only know him through his books and records, but I believe he has a good heart.”Before Garfinkel and the crowd filed into a single line to have posters, books and Kinky Friedman dolls signed, the guest of honor said he was happy to offer his autograph.”I’ll sign anything,” he said. “I will sign anything but bad legislation.”Before heading back to Austin, Texas, Friedman closed the appearance with well wishes of his own for the spirited crowd.”May the God of your choice bless you,” he said.
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