Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The day we interviewed Kinky Friedman about his shot for Texas Governor - did he ever stand a chance ?


By Doug Glass, Backgate Website
12/14/09



Texas humorist, songwriter, and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman took a few minutes just days ago to speak over the phone with me about some of the major issues facing state employees and everyone else in Texas. Kinky, now running on the democratic ticket, has more of an established platform this time around, and had a a lot to say about the future of Texas.

I started out by addressing Kinky with questions about his thoughts on Texas border security, and he had this to say. " We need to stop illegal immigration and beef up security. We need to offer the folks that are already here a way to stay. Get them tax identification cards, social security cards and allow them to pay their way." Kinky also stated that he supported a measure that would punish companies that hired undocumented illegal aliens. He went on to say that legal immigration is what the country was based on, but the current system is broken.

I had interviewed Kinky in the past, and was surprised when i got the response from him that i did when i asked him his stance on the Texas death penalty. Kinky, who once agreed with the death penalty now wants it halted if elected governor of Texas. He stated that recent cases in Texas have presented doubt to whether innocent people have been put to death. He went on to state that Rick Perry has overlooked those cases, and has failed to act on facts that should have created stays of executions based on credible evidence. Kinky stated he wants a tough stance on crime, but prefers life without parole over killing innocent people.

When we asked Kinky his opinion on Texas being near 46th in correctional pay out of the 50 states he had this to say. " TDCJ Officers absolutely need a pay raise, you can't raise hiring standards without raising the pay." He went on to point out how Texas fairs among others in education spending, and other important issues. He points the finger at Governor Rick Perry for the current position we are in now as a state. He also points out we are one of the richest, but spend the least where it matters.

Lastly, i asked Kinky what he thought about the way Texas appoints its Board of Criminal Justice. It is widely know that the 9-member Board of Criminal Justice, which is charged with overseeing the TDCJ, has not even one member with a criminal justice background. Kinky stated that he felt like those appointments fall right in line with the vast majority of Perry picks. Kinky added, " It wouldn't surprise me a bit if some of those appointees are also Perry contributors." Kinky went along with the Backgate's idea of either having the employees vote board members in, or at least make sure they each have something in their background to contribute before installing them. As it stands, most are either businessmen, or attorneys. Both of which Friedman says he has little patience with.

3 comments:

  1. Well just like Warden Bradshaw at Jester 1 has no people skills. How did he get that job ?

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  2. I strongly think that Kinky should run again. With all the anti-women policies that Rick Perry has ramrodded, it's time to get government out of our bedrooms and personal lives. Making the decision whether or not is an extremely difficult decision. We do not need to be forced to see the fetus before adoption. Roe vs. Wade was passed as Ferderal law & Rick Perry is trying to break, Leave us alone! Every time a politician can't think of something productive to do, he has to stir up the same old tired abortion debate. Anita Perry is a former R.N. I can't believe that she is not strong enough to tell him, enough is enough. Expend your energies more productively. Weak as milk. UGH!

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  3. Lydia G. Willi-EllisFJanuary 1, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Speaking of Anita Perry, we have heard nothing out of her as "First Lady of the Great State of Texas" . But now that she might have a chance as "First Lady, we are starting to see more photographs of her. What are her interests, what causes does she champion? Where do her interests lie? Does she have a brain or a vacuum?

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