Tape deck, rewind it back

Remember how Kinky Friedman filed a complaint against Carole Keeton Strayhorn, only to repudiate it this week? Well now it turns out that RG Ratcliffe has Kinky repudiating the repudiation. Sorta.

Kinky Friedman on Saturday disavowed the criminal complaint that his campaign for governor filed against independent rival Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, but Friedman declined to withdraw the complaint or apologize to Strayhorn.

"That's not going to happen," Friedman said of an apology.


Friedman said he was shocked to see newspaper headlines that indicated he was the one filing the complaint when it was Barkley. Friedman said he was naive enough to think Barkley could file such a complaint without it looking like he was the one making the accusation.

But he said he will not ask Barkley to withdraw the complaint because Barkley thinks it has merit.

"I'm not totally convinced the charges aren't true, by the way. I'm just saying I did not want to be the one that's picking at the other candidates," Friedman said.

So Friedman thought there should be a complaint filed, but he didn't want to be connected to it because he didn't want to pile on? If he won't apologize for it, and thinks the complaint has merit, then that doesn't seem like repudiation.

Posted by Evan @ 08/20/06 02:43 PM


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