You Can Lead a Politician to Water, But You Can't Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics

Friedman, Kinky

| 2007

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'Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get,' writes Kinky Friedman. When the longtime songwriter, performer and author announced his candidacy for the Texas statehouse in 2005, few took him seriously. But to the shock of many pros, he got the required 45,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot, attracted campaign workers from all over America and an iconoclastic bid - intent on winning - was underway. And in Texas, where Kinky ended up as one of four finalists on the ballot in November 2006, he had a legitimate chance for victory. How Kinky ran, how he foiled the "experts," how he brought a sense of joy back to the hustings, is the story of this typically outrageous and idiosyncratic memoir. More than that though, it is a blueprint for how to do combat for political office while retaining your good name.

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