Texas Democratic Establishment, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News All Endorse Biggest Loser

The five Republicans vying for the position drew a total of 1,186,000 votes versus the three Democratic candidates who totaled 490,000. Former state representative Sid Miller, who authored the mandatory sonogram portion of Governor Perry's divisive abortion law that brought on the meteoric rise of Wendy Davis, is in a runoff with East Texan Tommy Merritt.

The numbers make it obvious that any Democrat will have a tough battle to win the Ag Commissioner seat in the November general election. Hogan has mounted no campaign so far -- almost an anti-campaign -- and didn't even bother to reply to the Dallas Morning News candidate questionnaire during their endorsement vetting process. All he's really said so far is that he "isn't going to make any big promises." Pitting Hogan against Miller (the likely winner of the Republican runoff) will almost certainly end in the usual debacle for Democrats barring some smoking gun about Miller surfacing.

So why not endorse Friedman in the primary runoff? The Commissioner's office is almost certainly going Republican if Hogan is the Democratic candidate, so what's the harm in endorsing Friedman and his pro-legalization campaign? The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune polls show that a majority of the state reckons some form of decriminalization is on the horizon, and national trends indicate that many states will fully legalize marijuana in the next few years after the financial success of legalization in Washington and Colorado.

Friedman may not win, but he will force people to think through an important social, legal, and financial issue better dealt with sooner than later. For those who take the time to connect the dots in Friedman's plan from a financial standpoint, it's a no-brainer.

So Democrats have a tough choice in May: go with Hogan, who appears to be another good old boy who'll almost certainly go down in flames in November; or go with Friedman, who has more appeal across party lines and will certainly energize a portion of the electorate that isn't excited about the offerings of either party. With his plan to move toward legalization of marijuana and reintroduce hemp as an agricultural mainstay, Friedman has the potential to galvanize voters and potentially reshape world opinion about Texas, and that's what Democrats will need if they hope to end 20 years of Republican domination.


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johnwmp
johnwmp

I think the comment before from News Dog explains why I'll be voting for Kinky in the runoff.  If we are ever going to get this state out of the death grasp of the Tea Party, we need to open up the Democratic Party to everyone.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I'm normally a Republican (moderate, yes there is such a thing) but I voted in the Dem primary just so I could vote for Kinky. I'll do it again. I voted for him for Gov.

Puller58
Puller58

I think folks are concerned about the "Nadar effect."  (Commonly known as a spoiler.)  Regardless of whether Kinky is correct, the fear is that supporting him helps the other side.

Kristina Michel
Kristina Michel

I'm a Democrat, and I voted for Kinky. And I'm gonna vote for him again in the runoff.

John Hodges
John Hodges

That was The Kinkster's biggest mistake. Aligning himself with the democrats. He would have had greater success as an independent...

EnosCabell
EnosCabell

That was pretty impressive that you made it all the way to the seventh paragraph before (indirectly) mentioning what office Friedman was running for.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@Puller58 Fear is the operative word. Cmon, when 41% of the people polled at CPAC were pro legalization/decriminalization, TX Dems need to grab that msg and run with it. They've lost 20 years in a row, so they're doing something way, way wrong as it is. Question they should all be asking is, "Is Hogan electable and, if he is elected, is he gonna act like a Republican," which is what he is. At least in the primary run-off, the choice is pretty clear to me.

Puller58
Puller58

@WhiteLightning The drug war has failed, so yes, the Dems shouldn't sweat the soft on crime smear.  Can enough voters do it though?

Puller58
Puller58

@WhiteLightning @Puller58 The press is usually way behind the curve on issues.  (Sharyl Attkisson is leaving CBS because of "liberal bias".  ?!)  Main thing is NOT be like one time Senate candidate Victor Morales.  He was sad.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@Puller58 @WhiteLightning No idea. Getting his msg out and the common sense of it should be pretty telling though. Right now it's like even the media is avoiding the issue. When Rick Perry's for it, the time is now. I suspect the Repubtards will try to act like they thought this up, take the credit.

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