Kinky Friedman Changes Course, May Run For Office Again

Being a native Texan, I find it irresistable to cover Kinky Friedman. In my last article,  I pointed out his unusual endorsement in the Texas gubernatorial race. It was there I pointed out Kinky had apparently disavowed future runs for political office. However, that seems to have changed.

In a recent interview, George Varga posed this question with an interesting response:

Will he run for public office again?

“Does the pope wear funny hats?” Friedman shot back. “As long as Willie (Nelson) keeps singing, I’ll keep running.”

In June Kinky Friedman attended the Texas Libertarian Party convention. It is for that reason that I find this Kinky quote from the LA Times very interesting.

George Washington hated the idea of political parties. He said all we need in government is common sense and common honesty. And they’re both pathetically lacking in Washington today…. Good people are not drawn to politics. That’s the problem today. Why should they? The ones drawn to politics are the former hall monitors, Young Democrats,Young Republicans, and this is George Washington’s worst nightmare. It truly is the Crips and the Bloods. They really are the bullies of the playground. I was shocked this past year at the Democrats’ self-interest in their party. You want to find out something about the future of our country? Go talk to a Libertarian; he cares about that. He cares about the Constitution. And the “tea party” folks. It’s really a very good attitude to have: It’s called being on the outside looking in. Those are the people that are going to give us a president one day who wants to be president for all the people. The one we have now does not.

I wonder if we may see Kinky run on the Libertarian line in a future race. Either way, he is currently touring the West Coast so expect more news on the man upcoming.

9 thoughts on “Kinky Friedman Changes Course, May Run For Office Again

  1. paulie

    I might be wrong, but I’m guessing Friedman is too iconoclastic to fit within the LP ideology, unless it becomes so “big tent” as to become a reincarnation of the 1990s Reform Party. At which point, I suspect it would have about as long a shelf life.

  2. Rock Howard

    For what it is worth, Kinky endorsed Libertarian Robert Nowotny for Texas State House. Robert is a film producer who cast Kinky as Texas Governor in a recent western flick and so Kinky knows him well. Robert also happens, through a set of unusual circumstances, to have the best chance of any Libertarian running of partisan office in Texas to actually get elected. He could use the support of a whole lot of Libertarians to push his campaign over the top!

  3. Danny S

    Apparently he had a “rock star welcome” at the Texas LP convention, according to one article I read at the time. I am sure there would be detractors, but I bet he would be able to get in.

    I would be interested in hearing those special circumstances, Rock.

  4. Paulie

    He can go to LP and Green events, but he is not a libertarian or a green per se. Both of those parties are coherent – unlike the 1990s Reform Party – because they have an ideology.

    Friedman has his own iconoclastic set of beliefs that does not fit in easily with any existing party, including LP or GP.

    If either goes the way of the 90s Reformists, becoming an all-purpose outlet for disaffected people of all stripes, it will probably have about as long a shelf life as the 90s Reformists did after that.

  5. Kinky Puritan Party of Massachusetts

    We believe Kinky should run with the Puritan Party. He is a liberal Puritan, like many of us Modern Puritans in the Kinky Puritan Party of Massachusetts, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Puritan Parties in any other state.

  6. George Whitfield

    Thanks Rock. I just requested a friend connect to Robert Nowotny on Facebook.

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