Monday, April 17, 2006

Kinky Thinks He's Above The Law

I've never made an issue of the fact that, during his campaign, Kinky has violated the Texas open alcohol container law.

Also, I never made an issue of the fact that, during his campaign, Kinky violated the rules against tobacco in public schools (when Kinky was informed that he was breaking the rule, he dared the principal to "call the sheriff" and he went right ahead enjoying his cigar).

But at some point, isn't someone on Kinky's campaign staff going get up the nerve to tell Kinky that maybe he ought not act like he's above the laws of the state of Texas?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Right of Texas said...

I think the people who will vote for him...think that their above the laws of the state of Texas

4:17 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

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6:16 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

People will vote for Kinky only if he makes the ballot. He will make the ballot only if the majority of people he seeks out for signatures remain ignorant of his views on most issues.

6:17 PM

 
Anonymous Right of Texas said...

You dont think that there are tens of thousands of pot heads in Texas who wouldn't sign his peition?

There are.

10:42 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Kinky will get over 45,540 signatures, but what percentage will be valid?

I saw a multi-page petition, and NOT ONE SINGLE signature was accompanied by the signatory's voter registration number, and I know unregistered voters have signed, and I know people signed and then voted in a party runoff, etc.

I expect Kinky will get more signatures than Carole K-M-R-S, but I also suspect that a much higher percentage of hers will be valid.

Wouldn't you agree that Carole has about four times the money as Kinky to get this task accomplished? Don't you further suppose that if her petition drive was going as well as she hoped she would not be suing the Secretary of State? Finally, wouldn't you agree if this was as easy a task as many suppose, Ralph Nader's ballot petition in 2000 would have succeeded?

I cannot predict how things will play out, but the petition is a significant hurdle. If Kinky cannot decide where he stands on important issues like immigration, women's reproductive rights, the death penalty, and whether or not he voted for Gore/Lieberman in 2000, it's hard to imagine that he can easily handle the petition.

10:34 AM

 
Blogger Whozfan said...

Who in their right or left mind would vote for a politician(and I use that term loosely) named Kinky?

1:01 PM

 
Anonymous Demosthenes said...

Stop Kinky, my friend,

I'm sure there will be many erroneous signatures. However, if the signature campaign is worked hard there will be enough signatures that are valid.

I imagine that the Kinky campaign is savvy enough to have volunteers or paid staffers looking up VR-numbers off of purchased VR-lists, validating the signatures as they do so.

This is not going to be an episode of Kinky handing his list in and Roger Williams saying: "Uh, Mr. Friedman, you don't seem to have enough valid signatures here....", invalidating Kinky's candidacy.

Of course, it'd be brilliant fun if that did happen.

3:04 PM

 
Anonymous stop kinky said...

Demosthenes:

You reject this scenario: "This is not going to be an episode of Kinky handing his list in and Roger Williams saying: "Uh, Mr. Friedman, you don't seem to have enough valid signatures here....", invalidating Kinky's candidacy."

But isn't that more or less the possible scenario that provoked Carole K-M-R-S to sue the Sec'y of State? I'm assuming Carole knows better than I do how Williams is likely to evaluate the signatures, and I wouldn't be shocked if Williams reviewed the petitions signature by signature and crossed off every signature that had any noncompliance no matter how minor.

I suppose we'll learn one way or the other soon enough, but Williams seems to have a relationship to the Perry campaign not much different from Katherine Harris's relationship to the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign in Florida.

2:38 AM

 
Anonymous Demosthenes said...

Oh, I agree.

Williams will have every signature checked for proper VR# with name. I don't think the signatures themselves are going to be checked, because the SOS doesn't adequately have those on file. As far as I speculate, signatures are only checked for people voting by mail - because there is a signature on the ballot request form.

The burden is on the Kinky and CKMSRetc campaigns to make sure their signatures are all valid, before they are turned in.

If those campaigns cannot even manage that, then they are of no account. It seems to me that there is enough money there to have a qualified staff to make sure a thorough VR# finding and signature-checking apparatus is set up.

It really is a question of those campaigns being thorough, but that doesn't seem like a prohibitive task. The challenge is getting enough people out there raking the signatures in, for there to be enough valid signatures once the chaff is removed by the campaigns ahead of filing.

7:57 AM

 
Anonymous stop kinky said...

Demosthenes -

I'm wondering, for example, what does Williams do with someone who signed a petition and gave an address, and maybe that person filled in her voter registration number or maybe she didn't and the campaign filled it in for her, but Williams finds her address on the petition differs from the address listed on her registration.

I understand both Kinky and Carole are targeting college students (with Carole targeting young Republicans and Kinky targeting young Democrats). I'm guessing that many of those students will sign petitions listing addresses different from the addresses on their voter registrations.

Assuming that Corole will lose her lawsuit against Williams (which will give Williams the go ahead to nit pick the signatures to death), I'm wondering if Kinky doesn't need about 90,000 signatures to get 45,540 valid signatures and if Carole doesn't need about 65,000.

8:39 AM

 
Blogger Scroop Moth said...

Texans are all above the law, especially the speed limits. Every time I get on a Texas highway 90% of the traffic is at least 10 m.p.h. above the law.

Disregard for the sanctity of human life, too.

1:22 PM

 
Blogger mike weber/fairportfan said...

But at some point, isn't someone on Kinky's campaign staff going get up the nerve to tell Kinky that maybe he ought not act like he's above the laws of the state of Texas?"

You mean, like the Bush family, whose violations of alcohol and drug laws are rather more serious than Kinky's?

(Incidentally, he got a much higher pecentage of valid signatures than Strayhorn, comfortably clearing the requirement by about half again...)

2:56 PM

 

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