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Petition signing gains several hundred signatures
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The dream
of a successful
third-party can-
didate may be
turning into real-
ity.
Kinky
Friedman
was nowhere
to be seen, but
several hundred
Denton residents
turned up Thurs-
day night at the
Sweetwater Grill and Tavern restau-
rant on 115 S. Elm St. to sign a peti-
tion to get Friedman on the ballot for
governor of Texas.
"It's been nothing short of amaz-
ing; since the primaries, the turn-out
has exploded," said Rick Diterich,
Denton County petition chairman.
Diterich said a petition signing
March 8 at NT resulted in 200 sig-
natures, and he expected another 400
Thursday night.
Friedman needs 45,540 signatures
statewide.
"We're all amateurs at this. I'm an
amateur. Kinky's an amateur," Dit-
erich said. Throughout the night peo-
ple poured into the restaurant, which
was bustling with customers, and
Kinky supporters, whom Diterich
describes as "bikers and church la-
dies." He said Friedman was due to
make an appearance in Denton and
possibly NT soon, though he would
not divulge details.
Standing in front of a Texan flag
tied to Cohiba Cuban cigar flag, Dit-
erich said Democrats and Republi-
cans were underestimating Fried-
man's campaign.
"The last time Texans were this
underestimated, it was at the Battle
of San Jacinto when Santa Anna lost
the state," he said.
Richard Wilkinson, Ponder resi-
dent and self-proclaimed "profes-
sional asshole." said most of Fried-
man's supporters had given up on
voting years ago.
"You can see the power here.
People are coming out of the wood-
work," he said. Wilkinson said
former Texas Comptroller Carole
Keeton Strayhorn's entry as an inde-
pendent was purely a political move
by Democrats and Republicans to
take votes away from Friedman.
He said a Texas Teamsters union
meeting at the Sweetwater restau-
rant in October 2005 showed that the
union had 62,000 votes lined up for
Friedman, but since Strayhorn en-
tered the fray, most of the teamsters
have opted to vote for her.
"[Friedman] is a threat to every
elected politician right now and they
know that," he said.
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Scene: North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 90, No. 86, Ed. 1 Friday, March 10, 2006, newspaper, March 10, 2006; Denton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth145321/m1/2/ocr/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.

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