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

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The state Democratic establishment studiously ignoring Kinky Friedman
Ignored by the state Democratic establishment like he was an Al-Qaeda terrorist wearing a bomb coat, Richard "Kinky" Friedman still managed to garner about 185,000 votes in the Democratic primary March 4. Friedman's vote total put him in second place with 37.7 percent of the vote and forced a late May runoff with Joe Hogan (190,200/38.8%).

The elephant-in-the-room question behind the final totals in the down-ballot race for Agriculture Commissioner is how far out of step with Democratic voters the state's top Democrats as well as metropolitan newspapers including Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News are. Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, a buffalo producer near San Antonio, got virtually all the public endorsements from both the Democratic hierarchy and other statewide candidates like Lieutenant Governor hopeful Leticia van de Putte, and from the major print newspapers and Democratic-oriented political blogs like Burnt Orange Report. Even Democratic maverick and former Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower endorsed Fitzsimons.

Yet with all the votes counted, the heavily endorsed Fitzsimons could only muster 23 percent of the Democratic vote statewide in the three-man race, illustrating beyond all doubt how out of touch with rank-and-file Democrats the state's major media outlets and top Democratic honchos and strategists are.

Of course, marijuana is the issue that makes people like gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Hightower, Lon Burnam, van de Putte, and Davis's handlers, Matt and J.D. Angle of Fort Worth, run from Friedman as if he carried leprosy. The carefully worded, inoffensive stance most of these luminaries have taken vis a vis Friedman's candidacy is that he's a nice guy but not serious about the race or the job. Some have called Friedman's candidacy a stunt.

The common denominator seems to be that none of them wants to risk appearing "soft on crime" by addressing Friedman's campaign or the issue of marijuana and what we're going to do about it in the future. Apparently none of them wants to think outside the box either.



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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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