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Entry from October 25, 2007
“I’ll sign anything except bad legislation” (Kinky Friedman)

When author/musician Kinky Friedman ran for governor of Texas in 2005-2006, many people asked for his autograph. “I’ll sign anything except bad legislation” was an often-used Friedman one-liner.

Wikiquote: Kinky Friedman
Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman, (born October 31, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, and former columnist for Texas Monthly. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. If he had been successful, Friedman would have been the first independent candidate elected to the post since Sam Houston in 1859, as well as the first Jewish governor of Texas.

“I’ll sign anything except bad legislation.”
Said when taking autographs from a crowd

Daily Texan (June 6, 2005)
The Kinkster’s book signing doubles as campaign opportunity
Friedman’s book shares his take on Texas with outsiders,potential voters
By Megan Headley

Though he’s loyal to only one kind of hat, cowboy Kinky Friedman is a jack of all trades: musician, mystery writer, salsa-maker, animal rights activist and now a 2006 gubernatorial candidate. With his new book, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” a collection of nonfiction and autobiographical pieces on Texas, he shares his expertise on the state he soon hopes to work for.

About 60 people attended a book signing for Friedman’s new book at BookPeople on Friday.

“He’s like a Texas icon,” said Adam Rice, events coordinator at the bookstore. “It’s good to have him here.”

Friedman, armed with clever quips, offered the crowd rare, unsigned versions of the book if they wished, and said, “I’ll sign anything except bad legislation.”

Google Groups: Coalitionforfreethoughtinmedia
From: civl ecco
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 12:52:54 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Mon, Oct 24 2005 3:52 pm
Subject: Kinky, a good ol’ cigar-chomping, Jewish cowboy, might soon be running Texas

“Kinky for governor! Why the hell not?” Kinky himself deadpanned: “Bring me whatever you’ve got. I’ll sign t-shirts, posters, bumper stickers. I’ll sign anything except bad legislation.”

Google Books
You Can Lead a Politician to Water, But You Can’t Make Him Think
by Kinky Friedman
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
Pg. 2:
I once said, “I’ll sign anything but bad legislation.” This is still true; it’s just a little harder for me to stop the bad legislation that’s affecting all of our lives. With bad legislation and a pathetic lack of good leadership, Texas will always find herself following, never leading the American parade. That’s one reason I wrote this book; another is, I needed the bucks.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, October 25, 2007 • Permalink