Kinky for Ag Commissioner?

KinkyFriedmankinkyfriedmanThe 2014 election cycle is getting well underway. Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis appear to be the front runners for their party’s nominations for Texas’ top office. But no doubt there may be just a bit more attention paid to the nominations for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. The Texas Tribune is reporting that Kinky Friedman has announced that he will seek the Democratic party nomination for the office (a more formal announcement is expected on Monday). The one time Independent who ran for Governor in 2006, and made an unsuccessful bid for this same office in the last cycle, make another go at it.

But, Kinky thinks that this time will be different. That’s mostly because he (and other over eager Dems) think that having Wendy Davis at the top of the ticket will bring some enthusiasm to the left during this cycle. But I strongly doubt that once Texans see that Davis’ main qualification for running is that she led a filibuster on a bill that passed later anyway, they will shy away from her left wing policies that will be detrimental for the state. That being said, here are Kinky’s thoughts on Wendy:

“The better Wendy does, the better we will do,” he said. “And we will also be able to bring a lot of Independent voters and people who have never voted before.”

But we have plenty of time to talk about Wendy Davis. But suffice it to say that I don’t see her doing a lot better than other Dems have done in recent cycles. Lets talk about Kinky. tx_dmThis is a man who has said that he is not all that familiar with one of the main issues facing all Texans, especially agriculture. That is the issue of water and water policy. Texas is currently in the second worst drought on record (the “drought of record” remains the drought of 1950-1957). Many of the state’s lakes and reservoirs have still not recovered from 2011, which was the worst one-year drought in Texas history. The State Climatologist is forecasting for overall drought conditions to continue for another 5-15 years.

With low lake levels, and dwindling water supplies, water policy in this state is paramount. Water policy will ┬áhave an extreme impact on not only rural parts of the state, but in metropolitan areas as well. It will affect every citizen in the state in some way. So for a candidate for Agriculture Commissioner to say he is not as familiar with this significant policy matter, just shows how unqualified they are for the office. It seems that Kinky may be more concerned with pushing an agenda of legalizing marijuana, that being concerned with the state’s water future. Now of course the Agriculture Department has a scope that is much larger than just water policy. But the lack of knowledge in such a key policy topic shows that Kinky Friedman would not be the best choice to lead the Department.

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