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Endorsement watch: Star-Telegram goes Kinky

I’m not sure if there’s something in the water up in the Metroplex, but the Star Telegram joins its sister paper to the east in endorsing Kinky Friedman for Ag Commish.

Although Friedman has pockets full of one-liners at his disposal, he has been restrained in using them, talking instead about family farms and soil and water conservation. Gilbert, who has a pocket full of endorsements from several political organizations and members of the Texas Legislature, possesses knowledge and passion for the responsibilities of the Texas Agriculture Department. Both candidates want to increase the production of biofuels and bioenergy.

Friedman offers a vision for how the department can best serve all Texans, as well as the lands and animals entrusted to them. He supports more farmer co-ops, restoration of the pine and hardwood forests and repairing pasture lands damaged by tidal surges.

The primary winner will face Republican incumbent Todd Staples in the general election.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Kinky Friedman for commissioner of agriculture in the Democratic primary.

Unlike the DMN, whose endorsement of Kinky was really a litany of complaints about Gilbert, it’s not really clear to me why the ST board came to this conclusion. As such, I’m sticking with my theory that it’s something in the water up there. Makes as much sense as anything else.

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