"Hairdressers for Kinky"

Rick Casey's column in today's Chronicle:

Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman's biggest campaign contributor from Houston is a Palestinian hairdresser.

What did you expect?

Friedman says he's quite serious about his campaign to become the state's first Jewish governor, but he's destined to spawn humor.

He can't help himself. In between his serious proposals, he says when he's elected, he'll lower the speed limit to 54.99.

The hairdresser, Farouk Shami, gave Friedman's campaign $5,400.

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Shami has a partner in [a business] endeavor who is an even bigger campaign contributor. John McCall, who made a fortune as a shampoo distributor, has ponied up $160,000 so far, more than half Friedman's total of $301,000.

It'll be interesting to see if McCall continues to bankroll Kinky Friedman's campaign.

Raising money is tough work, and often the hardest thing for candidates. No one like to get on the phone for a few hours and ask people for money over and over again. But it's what separates the serious from the whimsical.

UPDATE: Though I didn't excerpt it here, Casey's column mentions the Texas Monthly article Kinky Friedman wrote about Farouk. The Texas Monthly article is here.

Posted by Evan @ 07/20/05 09:47 AM

 
 

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