Kinky's Unconscionable Shift to the Far Right
Kinky has ideologically positioned himself on the far right to get the votes of disaffected radical Republicans.
As reported by the Quorum Report, Kinky has pledged on Dan Patrick's right-wing talk radio program that he would not veto Patrick's "trigger bill" to make abortion illegal in Texas immediately upon any reversal of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court.
This puts Kinky to the right of Perry and Strayhorn, who both have refused to commit to signing Patrick's extremist bill.
Chris Bell is the only candidate who would veto Patrick's extremist bill:
“I would veto that,” Bell told The Associated Press on Friday. “I think the majority of Texans are still pro-choice. I don’t think they’re pro-abortion, but they understand that there are instances where that very painful choice is going to have to be made.”... Abortion rights advocates should help “find ways to make it as rare as possible,” Bell said. “But to make it illegal, that’s not the road to go down.”
Kinky also positioned himself well to pick up far right-wing votes when he "stirred up controversy Wednesday when he referred to hurricane evacuees living in Houston as 'crackheads and thugs' who should be escorted out of Texas."
When asked about these comments, Kinky helpfuly explained that "Racism was here before I came around," he said. "I am just trying to bring up these issues within the (expletive) society....As it happens, the crackheads and thugs who remain in Houston after Katrina happen to be black; that's fact."
A few days earlier, Kinky positioned himself to capture right-wing votes on the issue of immigration reform:
He said he supports groups such as the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps because they draw attention to problems on the border.
Asked about his own strategy for securing the border, Friedman said, "I'm not sure. I don't have a plan."
He said he would appoint people who care about the state to develop a plan based on his motto: "Remember the Alamo."
Border safety has deteriorated, Friedman said, because politicians are too afraid to offend Hispanics and get tough on the Mexican government.
On issues ranging from a woman’s sovereignty over her own womb to race to immigration reform, Kinky has flip flopped himself into positions far to the right of all other candidates, including our shamelessly right-wing failed governor.