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Kinky Friedman refocusing on petition drive

Kinky Friedman refocusing on petition drive

"The rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated," campaign manager Dean Barkley said. "Nobody's jumping out of the second-story window over here or committing hara-kiri." Author, Musician, and candidate for Governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in the 1960's.

Kinky Friedman refocusing on petition drive

Kinky remodeling, not retreating
Some on staff are laid off so his campaign can focus on reaching ballot, aide says
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau

AUSTIN - The gubernatorial campaign of independent candidate Kinky Friedman has laid several people off and taken some of his friends off the payroll, but the campaign director Friday insisted they are not shutting down.

"The rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated," campaign manager Dean Barkley said. "Nobody's jumping out of the second-story window over here or committing hara-kiri."

Campaign spokeswoman Laura Stromberg said part of the restructuring includes hiring Reid Nelson as a senior campaign aide.

Nelson was campaign manager for former Vice President Dan Quayle during his first race for Congress in Indiana. Nelson also has done international political consulting, she said. Barkley said the campaign has let go about four people who were involved with fundraising and college outreach so the campaign can focus on getting Friedman on the ballot next year.

"What we're doing is we're restructuring for the petition drive," Barkley said.

State law requires that Friedman get 45,540 signatures between March 8 and May 11 from people who do not cast a ballot in any party primary or runoff.

Two of Friedman's longtime friends, Cleve Hattersley and Steve "Beano" Boynton, also were taken off the payroll, Barkley said, but they are continuing to work for the campaign as volunteers.

The campaign's Internet site was not operating for part of Friday. Stromberg said that was because the campaign was switching Internet providers and was changing some of the site's content.

Friedman, a satirist, novelist and songwriter, launched his campaign for governor earlier this year with the slogan, "Why the hell not?"

He has been raising money for his campaign mostly through souvenir sales.

Friedman has said he is taking on the two major parties because their candidates are like making a choice between "paper and plastic."

Gov. Rick Perry is seeking re-election, but Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn is challenging him in the GOP primary.

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell, of Houston, is the only announced Democratic candidate.

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