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[fa:p:a=72157594267830938,id=235358561,j=r,s=s,l=p]A quickie with future governor of Texas Kinky Friedman:

AUSTIN DAZE: How’s the signature drive going? We heard it’s been the lowest turnout for the primaries ever.

KINKY FRIEDMAN: That’s right. And we take credit for the very low turnout because we think a lot people are saving themselves for Kinky so they could sign the petition. Of course it could be that if God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

It’s one or the other, maybe a little bit of both.

AD: We know you’ve got Austin nailed down, how are you reaching other parts of Texas? Particularly the rural communities.

KF: We are going out on a rural tour this summer. I think that is where the election will be won or lost. I think in rural Texas we are doing very well right now. There is just a feeling that the politicians come up with these policy papers and they talk about substance. You know I’m a dealer in dreams. I’m a dealer in hope. But what I try to do is get good people in there that can actually do something. You know the politicians are only looking at the election cycle. That’s all they are looking at. They are looking at, “How will this play?” “How will this play with Hispanics?” “How will this play with such and such?” You know? That’s how they think. And they are also owned by so many different groups that they have to be for them. For Strayhorn: trial lawyers. For Perry: homebuilders, insurance, toll roads. Just follow the money and you know what his policy is. I’m not owned by any of these people so we would have for the first time in a long time a governor not owned by anybody.

That would be a remarkable thing. And very good for Texas.

AD: What do you think of Rick Perry?

KF: Well, Rick is not the enemy. It’s not Kinky Friedman versus Rick Perry. It’s Kinky Friedman versus apathy. If we get the young people and the non-voters because they are disgusted with politicians, if we get those people to come back and vote I’m going to be governor. In other words, high turnout, Kinky’s the governor. If it’s low turnout, Perry’s the governor. That’s just the way it is. So Perry is hoping for a low turnout. No matter what he tells you, he’s hoping for a low turnout. Cause all he got last time, was 29%. And 18% is what elected him. 18% of the state is what elected Rick Perry. That’s his base. If we get 50% like Ann Richards got in 1990, if we got 50%, I’m going to be the governor.

That’s something we can’t control. That’s something that is a revolution. Young people have to vote for the first time if they haven’t. But we are seeing it all over the state. So I think it’s going to be a very big turnout.

AD: Have you gotten quite a bit of a response in other towns?

KF: Oh absolutely. I’m not a fan of the crypts or the bloods. I’m a big supporter of Texas and my only agenda is to do the right thing for the people of Texas.

AD: What do you say to people that don’t think you’re taking it seriously enough? Do you have a response?

KF: Sure I do. I say, one eye is laughing and one eye is crying. I say that my heroes are Will Rogers and Mark Twain–both of whom were humorous. Both of them were truth tellers. And I say to those people, Jewish cowboys speak the truth. And nobody has given me a bunch of policy papers that I come in and talk about teen pregnancy for four hours like some democrat would do and then not do anything about it. You don’t see any legislation. Nothing. Nothing. Maybe they want to maybe they wish they could, some of them, but most of them have been around too long. They’ve been around politics too damn long. And I want the politicians out of politics. I want the moneychangers out of the temple. That’s the answer.

AD: What do you think about the smoking ban? Would you do anything to change that?

KF: Yeah, I would. This is the one point that Lance Armstrong and I disagree on and we agree on most things- I did his radio show the other night. I think the smoking ban has had a big effect on Austin already. The people that are for it will say, “Well the same amount of food and beverages are being sold, it’s not hurting anyone”. But the point is the neighborhood bars and mom and pop places have all closed. It’s killed all of them. Except Continental Club and Antones, the famous ones could make it. But the other ones are all dying because of this smoking ban. It’s unnatural to drink and not smoke or smoke and not drink. It’s un-American. And it’s part of the wuss-ification of Texas that I don’t like. And something we shouldn’t be bothering with. We should be bothering with education and the border.

AD: The border. So what do you think about the border and what they are trying to do?

KF: Well there is some good news: Rick Perry discovered that we had a border this year. He discovered that we are on the border with Mexico and he’s going to do something about it. I think too little too late.

He has not discovered the telephone. He has not called Bill Richardson or Janet Napolitano, the governors of New Mexico and Arizona. Both of them have made the border huge issues in their administration. This governor has ignored it. I think he has ignored it for the same reason George W. tends to ignore it and that is that they know that Hispanics are trending Republican. They used to be Catholic Democrats now they are born again Republicans and they don’t want to mess with that. They don’t want to. They want to see how that plays. So in other words they are not doing what is best for Texas or for America. They are doing what is best to get reelected.

Click here for a Personal Video Message From Kinky AD: What is your position on the border? What would be best for Texas and America?

KF: My position is that it’s a very complex issue. We are neighbors. But I want the Mexican government to pay their fair share for the health costs that we are paying for all their children and their people. A whole nation that are not Texans, that are not Americans that we are paying for. Educational needs. All that stuff. I just want them to pay their fare share. And Pemex, the oil company that really is the government in Mexico, is one of the riches entities on earth, which we give billions of dollars every month. And I just want to tell Pemex that we are a few quarts low. We want an Israeli discount and if they can’t work with us a little better than they are doing we will close that damn border. We will make that border look just like their border with Belize looks. Where nobody gets through and if they do they go into a concentration camp down there. Our border, they don’t want any of that of course. But their border with Belize, very different story. They are very hypocritical about this. ***

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