Erin Trieb

Editorial: Texas I Kinky Friedman's Campaign

In the fall of 2006 singer/song writer, comedian, humanist, and Texas legend, Kinky Friedman, decided to run for governor of the state of Texas. Running as an Independent, his appeal was to “common folk”, campaigning in pool halls and high school gyms. As the most colorful of the Texas candidates, he attracted monumental amounts of publicity and press, carrying clout and intrigue at every stop on the campaign trail. However, Kinky’s bigger than life personality was not enough to win over the hearts of the Texas majority, as he finished the race with 12.6% of the votes, coming in the last of four candidates. Despite his loss, Kinky Friedman remains a long-standing figure in the limelight with a giant fan base all over Texas.