Friday, April 28, 2006

Texas: Kinky speaks at Texas A&M -- he's running to increase voter participation

Independent Friedman says his aim is to increase turnout

By JOSH BAUGHBryan College Station EagleApr. 27, 2006--Amid a slew of one-liners, gubernatorial hopeful Kinky Friedman on Wednesday outlined a platform that includes using gambling to fund education and placing a moratorium on the death penalty.
Friedman spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 in an auditorium at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School.
"I'm not running against Perry," said Friedman, donning his trademark black cowboy hat and holding an unlit cigar. "I'm running against apathy."
He said part of his mission on the campaign trail is to increase voter interest in the November general election in hopes of seeing a 50 percent voter turnout, up from less than 30 percent in the last race for governor in 2002....
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