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Kinky Friedman gets political on reality TV

CMT's ‘Go Kinky’ will feature run for Texas governor
/ Source: The Associated Press

Country Music Television will air a preview of a proposed reality show based on Kinky Friedman’s independent run for Texas governor.

The music network will show two half-hour pilot episodes of “Go Kinky” on Wednesday. The episodes are set to premiere in early 2006 and could lead to a TV series.

Each show follows Friedman and his campaign across Texas as he attends Rotary Club lunches and campaign fund-raisers and makes trips to the barber.

The Texas author-musician is trying to get on the 2006 ballot for Texas governor as an independent. To do that, he will need to get 45,540 signatures between March 8 and May 11 from people who do not vote in any spring party primary or runoff.

Friedman is portrayed in the show as a humorist and a man of the people — an “anti-politician,” says a statement issued Thursday by his campaign.

“We agreed to give CMT this access to give Americans a window into just how hard it is to run for office as an independent these days,” Friedman said in statement. “People will see what happens when you buck the two-party system in this country and hopefully Texans will get mad enough to do something about it — and show the rest of America the way!”

Also running for the office are Gov. Rick Perry and Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, both Republicans, and Democrat Chris Bell.