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Kinky Friedman Says He May Run for Governor, and This Campaign Will Be "Serious"

In 2006, Kinky Friedman -- singer, songwriter, satirist, head Jewboy in charge -- ran as an Independent for governor of Texas. Although he ultimately received less than 13 percent of the vote, it was still a memorable campaign, featuring slogans like, "Why the Hell Not?" and "How Hard Could It Be?" -- both excellent questions, and ones we've often had occasion to consider, watching Rick Perry run things.

He took another shot, equally unsuccessful and slightly less publicized, in 2009. Now, in between hawking his Man in Black tequila and chewing that cigar to a soggy stump, it looks like he's pondering making another run at the big seat next year. For serious this time.

On Saturday, Kinky stopped by Lakewood Medallion Discount Liquors to sign bottles of his tequila. While he was there, he told NBC-DFW that he's considering a possible run. His platform would consist of two main planks, both of them aimed at increasing tax revenue for the state: legalizing casino gambling and legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana.

"If we can accomplish those two things, we won't be talking about any kind of taxes for 30 years," he said.

This isn't the first mention he's made of a possible 2014 run. In August, he told the DMN's Wayne Slater that a desire to knock Perry out of place was his main motivation for running.

"Perry has created a state that's first in business climate and 49th in education," he said. "What's wrong with that picture?" He added, too, that he'd run as a Democrat this time around, and that he'd been reading Churchill in preparation.

"It would have to be a well-thought-out idea," he added. "I would go with what Bill Clinton told me before the last race -- find three areas that are really close to your heart, that you really believe in. Research those heavily and drive those home. Don't get distracted."

In an interview on 1310 AM The Ticket this morning, with some chatty dude named Robert Wilonsky, Friedman reiterated that his campaign wouldn't be a joke.

"I'm an old guy," he explained. "I'm 68 years old, although I read at a 70-year-old level. This will be my last campaign, and it'll be a serious one."

Just as long as there's tequila at the press conferences, alright?


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