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Entry from October 12, 2006
“We invented Texas Hold ‘em, but we can’t play it here” (Kinky Friedman)

Kinky Friedman (the Texas author and humorist) ran for Texas Governor in 2006 and advocated returning gambling to the state.

“We invented Texas Hold ‘em, but we can’t play it here” is one of the lines that he used on the campaign trail.


Lufkin Daily News
Humorist, author vows to ‘fight for Texas’ if he’s elected governor
March 21, 2006
The Lufkin Daily News
GARY BASS
(...)
The independent candidate said he also supports reinstating legalized casino gambling in Texas. Friedman added that the recent legislation outlawing that kind of gambling had a tremendous negative economic impact on the Alabama-Coushatta and Kickapoo tribes that had casinos on tribal lands in the state.

“Louisiana’s gambling interests spent $70 million to keep legalized casino gambling out of Texas,” Friedman said. “The states with legalized gambling are sucking the dollars right out of Texas.

“We invented Texas Hold ‘Em, but we can’t play it here.”

Waxahachie Daily Light
Luncheon turns Kinky in DeSoto
By JONATHAN BLUNDELL Daily Light staff writer
Saturday, September 16, 2006 7:04 PM CDT
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“When I was on my fact finding mission in Vegas, one of the facts I did find is that everyone was from Texas,” Friedman said. “Louisiana gamblers are mad at Oklahoma because they’re taking their Texans away from them. We’re being played like chumps while billions of dollars are pouring out of Texas. We invented Texas Hold ’Em and we can’t even play it here. It’s because Perry’s base is the far religious right and they don’t like gambling - except out of state.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, October 12, 2006 • Permalink