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(Kinky) Friedman(D) will run for ag chief instead (of Texas Governor)
Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 14, 2009, 10:24PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE

Posted on 12/15/2009 9:53:26 AM PST by a fool in paradise

...Friedman's departure left outgoing Houston Mayor Bill White and hair-care millionaire Farouk Shami as the two main contenders for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and lessened the chances of the race going to a runoff.

While it does not clear the field for White, it gives him the advantage over a less-known and less experienced opponent. White has a track record in office and proof he can win elections.

Shami says he will spend $10 million of his own money to win the nomination with his rags-to-riches life story, but he still will have to answer the ultimate question: Is Texas ready to have a hair-dresser for governor?

...Friedman said he met with White and Shami over the weekend and consulted with former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower.

“After my visit with Bill, my mind was made up. There is a clear alternative for the people of Texas, and today I'm changing courses with a happy heart,” Friedman said in a statement. “Mayor White, Farouk and I share the same desire for changing the leadership in Austin, up and down the ballot.”

Friedman said Hightower convinced him he could do important things as agriculture commissioner.

“I'm confident that the torch for many of my issues will be carried forward in November, and now, we'll do our part by campaigning hard to represent our party and the people of Texas, starting with protecting our farmlands, not give them away to Spain,” Friedman said, a reference to the Trans Texas Corridor project that was to be built by a Spanish company.

...White then jumped from a prospective U.S. Senate race to the governor's contest, changing the dynamics. White has filed as a candidate for governor, and Shami plans to file today...

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2010election; billwhite; billwhite2010; clintonista; faroukshami; hairdresser; houston; jimhightower; kinkyfriedman; mayorbobwhite; mayorwhite; texas

1 posted on 12/15/2009 9:53:26 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

Kinky should run along home.


2 posted on 12/15/2009 9:54:05 AM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Kinky just wants to grab an office somewhere so he and Willie Nelson can sit around smoking grass in a publicly paid for position. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


3 posted on 12/15/2009 9:56:32 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

So Jim Hightower convinced the Kinkster to drop out and let Mayor White take this thing.

What a sell-out.

And you gotta like the Comical calling the OTHER guy the millionaire. How much money is Bill White worth? Calling him a “hairdresser”. Does that mean f*g? Really? What is the writer saying?

I mean I know that Bill White is their boy but can they be less obvious about it?


4 posted on 12/15/2009 9:56:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: a fool in paradise
Is Texas ready to have a hair-dresser for governor?

Does he do Perry's hair? 'Cause that is some mighty-fine hair.

5 posted on 12/15/2009 9:59:13 AM PST by green iguana
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To: BlueStateBlues

I suspect that he was told that as ag chief he could push for bio-diesel, which was one of his issues.


6 posted on 12/15/2009 9:59:20 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: green iguana

Neither this article nor the candidate’s website mentions he was born in Palestine (and not the one in Texas).

http://www.faroukforgovernor.com/about.php


7 posted on 12/15/2009 10:00:29 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: GeronL

WGAF.


8 posted on 12/15/2009 10:00:58 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: a fool in paradise

Ah, makes sense. And the industrial use of hemp as well. Hadn’t thought of that, thanks.


9 posted on 12/15/2009 10:02:37 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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To: a fool in paradise

We got White and some guy with a arab sounding name. Don’t know if he’s Jewish or Arab. And of course we have Kay “I’ll support any woman for Senate no matter what party she’s in” Hutchison and Governor Good Hair. Guess I’ll stay home.


10 posted on 12/15/2009 10:03:14 AM PST by Terry Mross (It's not racist if it's true.)
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To: Terry Mross

last governor’s race it was a Democrat, a Democrat who ran as an independent, a Democrat-turned RINO-turned independent, and a Democrat-turned RINO Republican in the general election.

Your point is?


11 posted on 12/15/2009 10:05:57 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: Terry Mross

PS Kinky Friedman is Jewish.


12 posted on 12/15/2009 10:07:27 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: GeronL

He’s going to be really pissed off when he gets less votes than he did when he ran for governor. And he’s really going to be surprised when he does some research and finds out the dems want this transtexas corridor just as much as Gov. Good Hair. With this road the Mexicans can bring drugs and immigrants all the way to Kansas City and not even have to stop in Texas.


13 posted on 12/15/2009 10:08:06 AM PST by Terry Mross (It's not racist if it's true.)
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To: a fool in paradise

He’s Jewish enough to vote for Obama like all the Jews in Florida. And the term is correct. He’s not really a Jew. He’s Jew-ish.


14 posted on 12/15/2009 10:10:18 AM PST by Terry Mross (It's not racist if it's true.)
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To: Terry Mross

He would have stood a fair chance to get the Democrat nomination against White. Certainly there were independent and crossover Republicans willing to vote in the Democrat primary.

And he would have served as a foil to whatever BS Mayor Bob-White was spewing in a debate.

But instead, he rolled over like a good Yellow Dog Democrat.


15 posted on 12/15/2009 10:15:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: green iguana

How about the hairdresser is Pakistan. Doesn’t that count for anything?


16 posted on 12/15/2009 10:28:34 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

We can’t bring up that he was foreign born or what some of his political ideologies may be. He’s a millionaire (boo hiss) and a “hairdresser” (snicker).


17 posted on 12/15/2009 10:31:17 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: a fool in paradise

I guess that the hairdresser Shami straightened Kinky out. : )


18 posted on 12/15/2009 10:32:27 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: freekitty

Palestine, not Pakistan:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farouk_Shami

Farouk Shami is a Palestinian-American businessman and entrepreneur from Ramallah, West Bank, who now lives in Houston, Texas, where he runs a large hair-care and spa products company...

Shami is a member of the board of the American Task Force on Palestine.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Task_Force_on_Palestine

“The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) is an organization founded in 2003 to advocate that it is in the American national interest to promote an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the creation of a Palestinian state that will live alongside Israel in peace and security. ATFP categorically and unequivocally condemns all violence directed against civilians no matter who the victims or perpetrators may be.”

And yet... “In November, 2004, AFTP President Ziad Asali served as a member of the United States official delegation to the funeral of Chairman Yasser Arafat.”


19 posted on 12/15/2009 10:35:48 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: green iguana
Does he do Perry's hair? 'Cause that is some mighty-fine hair.

IMHO, there are two things Perry's got going for him:

1. He's not Kay Bailey Hutchison. May wife goes postal every time she sees one of KBH's commercials that tout her "conservative credentials", complete with a photo with Dick Cheney in it. Good thing I keep the weapons and knives locked away.

2. He's not Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold's been such a terrible governor, he's made Rick look "not so bad".

Actually, there's a third: the TX Legislature meets every other year, which keeps TX politicians from uninterrupted monkey business.

20 posted on 12/15/2009 10:38:18 AM PST by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: green iguana

[Does he do Perry’s hair?]

He better hope he does, because that is the closest that socialist a$$hole will ever get to the Austin Capitol!


21 posted on 12/15/2009 11:11:23 AM PST by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: a fool in paradise

What the hell happened to Texas?


22 posted on 12/15/2009 11:16:37 AM PST by ronnyquest (That's what governments are for: to get in a man's way.)
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To: ronnyquest

Houston and Texas sure deserve better.


23 posted on 12/15/2009 11:19:25 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: a fool in paradise

All hat and no cattle. He’s underqualified.


24 posted on 12/15/2009 11:23:46 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("The Community Organizer better stop bitching that the community is organizing." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Terry Mross

Stay home and you and us will have a dem at minimum and a muzzie dem at worst.
Stayin home got us oBOWma.


25 posted on 12/15/2009 11:57:12 AM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: BlueStateBlues

This means Texas will be a “home grown” state?


26 posted on 12/15/2009 12:00:42 PM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: GeronL

Pour Ol Kinky just don’t know the good ol Austin days are gone bye, bye.

As they say in East Texas, Kinky needs to run for the County Line.


27 posted on 12/15/2009 12:02:48 PM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: Pantera; TWfromTEXAS; BoringGuy; Richard Kimball; girlscout; omegabea; Warrior_Queen; erkyl; ...
Ping

Freepmail me or ping me from the original thread to get on/off the 2010 Texas Governor's Race ping list.

28 posted on 12/15/2009 12:07:59 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: dusttoyou

lol


29 posted on 12/15/2009 12:29:45 PM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: ronnyquest
What the hell happened to Texas?

A very odd question from a guy in Missouri! Didn't y'all elect a dead guy to the US Senate a few years ago? ;-0

30 posted on 12/15/2009 12:51:48 PM PST by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers will not support.)
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To: TWfromTEXAS

I did not, but, yes, Carnahan died immediately died after the results were in, so his wife took his place in office. His death was poorly timed in an election cycle; I guess he should have made other plans.

I ask again, what the hell happened to Texas? I mean that with all sincerity, since Texas has long been one of the last bastions of liberty and the pioneer spirit, a place most of the rest of us looked fondly upon for those qualities.


31 posted on 12/15/2009 1:26:59 PM PST by ronnyquest (That's what governments are for: to get in a man's way.)
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To: dusttoyou

I didn’t stay home and “got” us a Obama. If I had voted third party I’m told I would have wasted my vote. Instead I wasted my vote on John McCain.


32 posted on 12/15/2009 2:05:31 PM PST by Terry Mross (It's not racist if it's true.)
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To: All

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A MUSLIM, a trecherous RINO woman (Hutchinson), a woman of questionable loyalties (Medina) and RINO Perry. What a choice!
I’ll have to stick with RINO Perry.

.


33 posted on 12/15/2009 3:00:01 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: BlueStateBlues

Medicinal use only, I presume.


34 posted on 12/15/2009 3:15:09 PM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: bgill

Sure, yep, medicinal use. But you know I’m feeling a bit anxious right now, better go take my medicine.

But seriously, there’s a good Youtube video called “Weed Card” by a cute girl group named Garfunkel and Oates. It explains how many ways California let’s someone have an illness to qualify for a medicinal marijuana card. Tiger could probably get one for sex addiction if he lived there (or for sex enhancement for that matter), but apparantly he now lives on a boat.


35 posted on 12/15/2009 3:54:10 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Houston and Texas sure deserve better.”

The problem with Houston is that it’s a big city of over 2 million people. What’s actually amazing is that despite the fact of Houston Harris County still (for now) tends to vote Republican ... with the notable exception of last year’s presidential election when there was no conservative on the ballot.


36 posted on 12/15/2009 5:14:14 PM PST by beanshirts (Vote Medina for Life, Liberty, and Property in Texas: http://www.medinafortexas.com/)
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To: Terry Mross

Sorry you took it personal. I try to keep replies to posts generic unless someone really needs to be named. Lots of us bit the bullet and voted for McShame, it was a bit easier with Sarahcuda in as co-pilot.

Still saying anyone staying home as some sort of “protest” should understand that their lack of vote is in effect a vote for the other candidate.

As RINOie as Juan is, he would have still been night and day from the muzzie from Kenya.


37 posted on 12/15/2009 5:55:17 PM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: dusttoyou

Nothing personal. I just don’t believe in the “wasted vote” theory. According to that theory if your candidate loses you wasted your vote. I’m done with voting for the lessor of two evils. It won’t happen again.

And, I, too, voted for McCain because of Sarah. I wanted to encourage her. We all know McCain that most of the votes McCain got was because of her. Had she not been on the ticket I would have voted third party or stayed home. Everyone knew there was no way O was going to lose this election. There was way too much cheatin’ goin’ on. It could have been fixed if we’d had a real conservative in office the last 8 years instead of a “Let’s put this behind us” Bush.


38 posted on 12/15/2009 7:21:21 PM PST by Terry Mross (It's not racist if it's true.)
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