Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Kinky's Campaign of $elf-Promotion

If there was ever any doubt whether Kinky's campaign was motivated by a sincere desire for public service or Kinky's proclivity for self promotion, it's now abundantly clear that Kinky's in the governor's race for the publicity.

As reported by several news agencies, "entertainer and Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, complete with cigar, black cowboy hat and Southern drawl, is about to star in his own reality show.

'Go Kinky,' airing on Country Music Television, follows Friedman, an independent candidate, on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State.

'Every crazy redneck in Texas is for Kinky,' Friedman told FOXNews.com from his ranch in Medina, Texas."

Of course, as an added self-promotional bonus, Kinky's official campaign website doesn't fail to remind you that Mr. Friedman has a new book coming out next month!


Blogger Scroop Moth said...

A sincere desire for public service and a proclivity for self promotion can be mutually reinforcing motives, especially in this great, big, capitalistic republic. The economy, politics and even religion benefit enormously from the marriage of self-interest and public interest. Am I right or wrong?

1:15 PM

Blogger Scroop Moth said...

A sincere desire for public service and a proclivity for self promotion can be mutually reinforcing motives, especially in this great, big, capitalistic republic. The economy, politics and even religion benefit enormously from the marriage of self-interest and public interest. Am I right or wrong?

1:16 PM

Anonymous stop kinky said...

Seeking to simultaneously serve one's self-interests and the public's interests seems like an invitation for conflict.

Here's a good example.

Arnold Schwarzenegger remained an executive editor of American Media magazines after he was elected.

Schwarzenegger never disclosed his consulting contract with American Media that would have paid him about $8,000,000 over five years (1% of the net print advertising with a $1,000,000 per year minimum). He signed this contract two days before his inauguration as Governor. These magazines receive much of their advertising revenue (from which Schwarzenegger was to get paid) from ads for dietary supplements, an industry that he gave a great windfall to by vetoing a bill that would ban schools from accepting sponsorships from firms that make performance-enhancing dietary supplements (which sounds a lot like Kinky's scheme to privitaze physical education programs in public schools).
If this was not enough of a conflict, American Media also paid Gigi Goyette $20,000 to keep silent about a seven-year extramarital statutory-rape/affair Schwarzenegger had with her beginning in 1975, when Goyette was only 16 years old.

I'm not convinced that self-interest and public service are as mutually reinforcing as you suggest, but I'm open to hearing the counted-argument. How does Kinky's reality TV show and book contract benefit the public interest of Texans?

3:09 PM

Anonymous Right of Texas said...

what do you think about Kinky's numbers going up in the polls?

7:01 PM

Blogger StopKinky said...

The most recent poll showing some small up-tick for Kinky has an unusually large margin of error of 4.5%. The only candidate who moved more than the margin of error was Carole.

With all the work Carole and Kinky are doing (or should be doing) to get petitions signed, plus all of the attendant news coverage, I'd expect their numbers to go up, wouldn't you? Similarly, if there had been a Bell-Gammage runoff, I would have expected that Bell's numbers would have also risen accordingly. But since there was no runoff, the media coverage has focused more on the petition activities of Kinky and Carole and on Perry’s special session and not so much on Bell so his numbers are stagnant (no movement beyond the margin of error).

12:42 PM

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