Kinky, Strayhorn Qualify For Ballot

Great news from Texas as both Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn have certified to appear on the Fall ballot. The Secretary of State’s office has determined that both candidates have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify.

From the Washington Post...

Maverick gubernatorial candidates Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn learned Thursday that they had each collected enough valid voter signatures to make on the November election ballot.

The announcement by Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams sets up a four-way race for the fall election among the two independents, Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democrat Chris Bell.

The last independent elected Texas governor was Sam Houston in 1859.

“Not one but two viable independent candidates have made the ballot for the first time in nearly 150 years,” Friedman, a musician and author, said in a statement. “This tells us what we’ve long suspected: the two-party system has failed our state.”

Strayhorn, the state comptroller who bills herself as “one tough grandma,” is the mother of former Bush administration press secretary Scott McClellan.

Both Strayhorn and Friedman turned in far more petition names by the May 11 deadline than the 45,540 required. Strayhorn submitted some 223,000 signatures and Friedman submitted 169,574.

Among other limitations, the signatures had to be from registered Texas voters who did not cast ballots in the Republican or Democratic primaries this spring.

The Texas Secretary of State’s Office began making final checks of the signatures Monday after the petition names were entered into an electronic database.

4 Responses to “Kinky, Strayhorn Qualify For Ballot”

  1. Adam Says:

    The bad news is that Steve Stockman did not make the ballot.

  2. IndiPol Says:

    That is bad news. For seeing more independent candidates and especially for Democrats who wanted to see Stockman eat away some Republican votes from the TBD Republican nominee.

  3. Kinky is Awesome Says:

    10 reasons Texas Republicans should vote for Kinky (I stole this list from a whiney liberal, but I fixed it to take out the whining):

    (1) Kinky has run for office in the past as a Republican,

    (2) Kinky voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004,

    (3) Kinky’s interview with Ruminator magazine confirms that he supported Bush’s Middle East foreign policy,

    (4) Kinky’s public voting records confirm he was mistaken when he said he voted for Gore in 2000,

    (5) Kinky hasn’t voted for a Democrat in any election at least from 1994 to 2004,

    (6) Kinky wants to take time during the school day for prayers in schools,

    (7) Kinky wants to post the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms,

    (8) Kinky is not obsessed with political correctness,

    (9) Kinky knows how to deal with illegal aliens from Mexico, and

    (10) Kinky’s immigration policy of hiring Mexican generals to police our border is a great idea that John McCain has endorsed.

  4. IndiPol Says:

    “Kinky is Awesome”....thanks for lurking around.

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