Kinky votes only once in 12 years

Posted on 23 Feb 2006 at 10:45pm
By Associated Presss


Kinky Friedman


Humorist fails to vote on measure that banned same-sex marriage

AUSTIN Humorist Kinky Friedman has voted just once in the last 12 years, even skipping a recent constitutional amendment election on a gay-marriage ban after he’d declared his candidacy for governor.

“Quite often, I did not like my choices,” Friedman was quoted as saying in Friday’s Dallas Morning News. “If God wanted us to vote, he’d give us a choice. This time, God has given us a choice.”

The musician and author, who has sought to portray himself as the anti-politician, is trying to get on the November election ballot as an independent. To do that he’ll need to collect 45,540 signatures from registered voters who don’t take part in the March 7 Republican and Democratic primaries.

Friedman said he didn’t vote on the same-sex marriage ban proposal last November because, while he supports gay marriage, he knew the measure would pass overwhelmingly.

“The voting record doesn’t look strong, but my voting record is better than Dick Cheney’s,” he said, referring to reports in 2000 that Cheney skipped 14 of 16 votes in Dallas County including the presidential primary in which he could have voted for his future running mate, George W. Bush.

According to Kerr County voting records, Friedman voted in the 2004 presidential general election but not in any other contest since 1994.

“I was for Bush in 2004,” he said. “He’s a good man trapped in a Republican’s body.”

Friedman said he supported Bill Clinton in the 1990s but didn’t vote for him because he was often on tour outside the country.

“I was doing a lot of music then,” he said.

He added: “And I campaigned like hell for Ann Richards (in 1994), but I don’t think I voted. I should have set up absentee arrangements, but I didn’t.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, February 24, 2006.

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