Proud to Have Voted for Kinky

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 15, 2006

Dear Editor,
    I would like to respond to the two gentlemen who wrote in to your fine publication ["Postmarks"] believing that Kinky Friedman was the Texas version of Ralph Nader in his garnering 12.6% of the vote in the last election, and therefore possibly costing another candidate the win over Perry. You somehow believe that all of the votes that went to Kinky would have gone to Bell or Strayhorn. Ludicrous. A high percentage of those that voted for Kinky rarely vote and wouldn't have voted at all had it not been for his honest approach to politicking. Would you rather they remain indifferent to political elections? The rest of the Kinky voters would have voted for Strayhorn, an independent, because she supposedly would have been the candidate for all people ... which is true considering this is the third party she has represented. And considering she did far better in the polls than Kinky did, it would seem to a logical person that she was the real Nader in this scenario. Stop blaming the guy who got 12.6% with his truly independent, grassroots campaign, and go after the pandering, flip-flopping Grandma for splitting the vote. It would make more sense.
    Also, I am proud to be one of those who "wasted" their votes by selecting Kinky for governor. No, he didn't win, and maybe he shouldn't have, but it gives me hope knowing that there are a few others out there like me who think assholes do a much better job of running things than dicks.
Lucas Pierce
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