The Austin Chronicle endorsed Chris Bell today, despite tremendous local energy (initially) for Kinky that had me considering that possibility. From In the Pink Texas: "When Kinky (aka ‘Best Citizen!’) can’t even get a nod from the hometown socialists, it’s high time to pull out."
Here's the Chronicle excerpt they quoted:
Like many Chronicle readers, we initially welcomed the anti-Bush novelty of maverick Kinky Friedman. But however entertaining as a candidate, if Friedman were actually elected, the joke would be on everyday Texans. He has no real interest in the crucial details of governance. He has chosen positions out of whim and ignorance (such as martial law on the border, or quickly dissipating a budget “surplus” visible only to him). Along the campaign trail, he has made no effort to learn anything new or from his mistakes. (The last denizen of the Mansion with Friedman’s Know-Nothing approach to governance is now in the White House.)Two reminders:
- Kinky voted for Bush in 2004. In fact, in accord with his image as an outsider to the political process this was his only vote in the past 12 years. He didn't even vote on the Texas constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, despite claiming to being open and accepting of others. He had power as a voter and neglected to use it, and now he wants the power of Governor?
- Early voting starts next Monday, Oct. 23.