June 17, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Malaysia: Writing - Malaysia: Humor: Election2006 - Friedman: El Paso Times: Kinky Friedman has a habit of dusting off criticism. So he goes on promoting his quirky book and his "spiritual" campaign for governor, always aware of his credo, the favorite quote he attributes to "Catch 22" author Joseph Heller: "Nothing succeeds as planned."

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Kinky Friedman has a habit of dusting off criticism. So he goes on promoting his quirky book and his "spiritual" campaign for governor, always aware of his credo, the favorite quote he attributes to "Catch 22" author Joseph Heller: "Nothing succeeds as planned."

Kinky Friedman has a habit of dusting off criticism. So he goes on promoting his quirky book and his spiritual campaign for governor, always aware of his credo, the favorite quote he attributes to Catch 22 author Joseph Heller: Nothing succeeds as planned.

Author, Musician, and candidate for Governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in the 1960's.

Kinky Friedman has a habit of dusting off criticism. So he goes on promoting his quirky book and his "spiritual" campaign for governor, always aware of his credo, the favorite quote he attributes to "Catch 22" author Joseph Heller: "Nothing succeeds as planned."

Author Kinky Friedman to visit El Paso

Ramón Rentería
El Paso Times

Country singer Willie Nelson once said Kinky Friedman is impossible to define.

"I wouldn't want anyone really to try to describe him," Nelson said in a documentary about his friend. "I think that would be difficult because you can't get it right."

Friedman, 60, is a former country singer, Texas Monthly columnist and author promoting "Texas Hold 'Em," his latest collection of humorous observations and essays. He's also promoting his campaign as an independent candidate for Texas governor in 2006.

"Or at least we think so," his book publicist, Stephen Lee, said in the pile of promotional stuff.

With Friedman, you never know when the showman or the real Kinky is talking. What's more certain is that Friedman has scheduled a book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Side Barnes & Noble, which he quickly dubbed an "official/unofficial 'Kinky for Governor' campaign site."

It's harder to decipher whether the campaign inspired the book, which Friedman described as an attempt to reverse the "wuzzification of Texas."

"I'm a dealer in hope. I'm not promising to pass this bill or that bill through the Legislature," Friedman said in a phone interview from the family lodge near Medina, Texas.

Kinky talked about how he is very fond of El Paso, although he hasn't been out here in years, when he would visit Fred Imus, the brother of New York nationally syndicated radio talk show host Don Imus.

Friedman is billing himself as an amateur politician who will save his beloved state of Texas.

"I'm tired of this state being run by empty suits and empty dresses. Musicians or beauticians could better run the state than politicians," Friedman said.

Friedman's platform is pretty basic: "I am a writer of fiction who speaks the truth."

Friedman is modeling his campaign after wrestler Jesse Ventura's successful independent bid for Minnesota governor. He promises to have a listed phone number and to bring about reforms in education, immigration policy and criminal justice.

"All I'm trying to do is get more people into the process," he said, and added that fewer than half the state's eligible voters voted in the last Texas governor's race.

So how does Friedman explain his diverse fan base, which includes presidents and country legends like Nelson?

"You gotta fail at one thing if you wanna succeed at another," Friedman said.

His musical career with the Texas Jewboys was struggling when his late father, Tom, suggested Kinky write a book. Eventually, he wrote numerous books, including 17 mystery novels.

"Some people would say that I was a success in the field of music. I don't think I was. I never got to the tour bus stage," Friedman said.

Friedman played at the Grand Ole Opry and with Nelson and Bob Dylan and still sings sometimes. He has often said that he would rather be a country star like Dwight Yoakum than a writer.

His friends have always said that Friedman never really adapted to the rest of the world. Promotional materials describe Friedman as an often outrageous but endearing personality, who first tried to save the world by enlisting in the Peace Corps and later in life rescued homeless animals.

"Kinky's songs, Kinky's books, Kinky's humor, Kinky's personality when he walks into a room shocks you into thinking something," country singer Lyle Lovett said in the same documentary.

Friedman is a Texas character, a friend of President Bush, and a Texas cowboy who sometimes rubs people the wrong way. He once walked into a White House reception with his trademark Cuban cigar and never took off his black cowboy hat, not even for dinner.

Friedman took a whack at the low wages paid to undocumented immigrants in El Paso in a country song whose title is a bit too vulgar to repeat in a family newspaper.

President Clinton, a Kinky Friedman fan, said once: "He is definitely irreverent. I guess some people would think he's a little too crass and politically incorrect."

One of Friedman's popular hits was a song called "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore." The lyrics tell about a bar patron who gets in a fight with a racist. Some misinterpreted the song as anti-Jewish.

Kinky Friedman has a habit of dusting off criticism. So he goes on promoting his quirky book and his "spiritual" campaign for governor, always aware of his credo, the favorite quote he attributes to "Catch 22" author Joseph Heller: "Nothing succeeds as planned."

Ramón Rentería may be reached at rrenteria@elpasotimes.com; 546-6146.





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