Kinky Friedman To Name Willie Nelson as Texas Energy Czar

August 22, 2005
Cigar chomping country-blues singer cum novelist Kinky Friedman, who is running for Governor of Texas as an independent in the 2006 election, said Sunday that he is a champion of bio-diesel energy and plans, if elected, to name friend and fellow performer Willie Nelson as Texas energy czar.

Friedman says he is tired of Saudi Arabia calling the energy tune to which Americans must dance. Nelson, a champion of biodiesel, has, said Friedman, been teaching him about the possibilities of the alternative fuel and has thus earned himself a spot in the Texas cabinet.

Friedman was interviewed for ABC's This Week, the Sunday morning public affairs program. He quipped that with so many music performers destined for his cabinet, not too much legislation is going to be passed in the morning hours.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn are running on the Republican side in the Texas election, and former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell and Felix Alvarado are running for the Democratic nomination.—Jim Burt

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