April 20, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Malaysia: Writing - Malaysia: Humor: Election2006 - Friedman: Dallas Morning News: Humorist and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman wandered around the University of Texas campus Wednesday, a walking cloud of cigar smoke that was part vaudeville, part news conference, part campaign stop

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Humorist and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman wandered around the University of Texas campus Wednesday, a walking cloud of cigar smoke that was part vaudeville, part news conference, part campaign stop

Humorist and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman wandered around the University of Texas campus Wednesday, a walking cloud of cigar smoke that was part vaudeville, part news conference, part campaign stop

Humorist and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman wandered around the University of Texas campus Wednesday, a walking cloud of cigar smoke that was part vaudeville, part news conference, part campaign stop

Friedman stumps with a stogie

Kinky's quixotic quest for governor starts with UT campaign stop

08:25 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 20, 2005

By ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN Humorist and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman wandered around the University of Texas campus Wednesday, a walking cloud of cigar smoke that was part vaudeville, part news conference, part campaign stop.

"It's a circus with a purpose," he said.

Mr. Friedman, who announced his independent candidacy for governor Feb. 3 at the Alamo, is a 1965 graduate of UT's Plan II honors program.

The author and singer said he selected his alma mater for his first campaign rally one of many expected to be staged on campuses in coming months to send a message.

"Everybody's disaffected," he said. "Young people sense they can't make any change anyway, so why even bother? ... We want to change that."

Mr. Friedman expressed concern but stopped short of promising students that he'd limit tuition increases or remove the sales tax from textbook purchases.

"We're fresh out of promises," he said.

Then he made one: "Young people, when I'm elected, they will be running the state. God knows I won't."

About 30 people tagged along as Mr. Friedman walked some 200 yards among UT campus landmarks, pausing regularly to relight his trademark cigar. Six young admirers all male also fired up stogies.

Ajai Raj, 19, an English major from Plano, was one.

"We're almost raised to be cynical," Mr. Raj said. "It's refreshing to see a candidate that has a real voice."

Mr. Friedman, scorning politicians, predicted that they will feel "shivers up the spine" after he shocks the establishment by getting on the ballot and winning next year.

He lambasted members of Congress for trying to prevent removal of a feeding tube from Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who recently died, 15 years after cardiac arrest had destroyed much of her brain.

"They have no business getting involved," he said. "I'm running for governor, not God."

E-mail rtgarrett@dallasnews.com





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