Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Friedman, Strayhorn think past 45,540


Independents say they are on track to collect the signatures needed to get on fall ballot
By R.G. RATCLIFFE
Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
Apr. 18, 2006

AUSTIN - The gubernatorial campaigns of independent candidates Kinky Friedman and Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Monday they are on track to getting the 45,540 signatures they need to get onto the general election ballot.
But neither campaign was willing to say how many signatures have been gathered so far.
Strayhorn campaign manager Brad McClellan said the campaign is trying to gather far more signatures than needed to make sure there are enough valid signatures. He said he didn't want to release the number because that might make supporters believe they can slack off on the petition drive.
"We want to keep getting them. We don't want to take the wind out of the sails," McClellan said. "We're in very good shape. But we're going to keep getting them."
To be valid, the signatures must come from registered voters who did not vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries or runoffs. Also, anyone who signs both the Friedman and Strayhorn petitions is only counted for whichever campaign got the name first.
The deadline for gathering signatures is May 11. Strayhorn has sued Secretary of State Roger Williams, claiming a verification process he has set up is intended to harm the independents' campaigns. She has a federal court hearing set for May 1.
Friedman campaign manager Dean Barkley said the staff is not telling him how many signatures have been gathered for fear he will tell people.
"All I know is the people in charge of the petition drive all have smiles on their faces," Barkley said.
"We're right on schedule to make it. Our goal is to get 100,000-plus if we can do that, and I'm hoping we'll be able to do that. But we're doing very well," Barkley said.
r.g.ratcliffe@chron.com

1 comment:

Linda Curtis said...

The Texas gubernatorial campaign is the most unusual situation I've ever seen in 27 years of independent political organizing. I'm the founder of Independent Texans, an association of independent and split ticket voters in Texas. I, personally, have endorsed Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who I've been working with for almost 2 years. Independent Texans will be making up their own mind after we see who's qualified for the ballot.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn, aka "One Tough Grandma", former Railroad Commission, former 3-term Austin Mahyor, has used her current position as Texas Comptroller, to fight the mega-special interest deal of the century in Texas, the Trans Texas NAFTA Toll Road Corridor -- Gov. Perry's 8,000 mile boondoggle that will result in the taking of 1.5 million acres of private Texas farm and ranchland. Perry signed a contract, in secret, with a foreign corporation to run the Corridor with a 50 year concession. Carole has, as well, challenged all candidates, in all state races this year, to support Texans' right to statewide initiative and referendum which will allow the people to petition to place issues on the ballot. Both candidates -- Carole and Kinky -- have opened the door for the unleashing of the state's at least 4.2 million independent voters, but when the time comes in November, I hope we'll be united behind one candidate to dump Perry and his highway robbin' friends. It's going to take One Tough Grandma (Carole) to win the mother of all reform -- the unleashing of the plurality of Texas voters who are independent! - Linda Curtis, ljcurtis@indytexans.org