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"Grandma" is a slogan, not a nickname

Texas gov. candidate loses bid to be called "Grandma" Strayhorn on ballot.
 
 
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Texas gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn has lost her bid to be listed as Carole "Grandma" Keeton Strayhorn on the ballot this November.

AUSTIN (AP) -- Independent gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn sued the Texas secretary of state Wednesday in her attempt to have the nickname "Grandma" listed with her name on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Strayhorn had promised to sue earlier this week after Secretary of State Roger Williams ruled that "Grandma" is a slogan, not a nickname permitted on the ballot.

At the same time, Williams allowed independent candidate Kinky Friedman to be listed as Richard "Kinky" Friedman on the ballot. Friedman has used the nickname for years.

Strayhorn's suit says that the Texas Election Code guarantees her the right to use her nickname. Her attorney, Roy Minton, has said that Strayhorn began using the name when she became a grandmother in 1994. [ AP]

It's cool that Texas guarantees the right of a candidate use their nickname on the ballot. Somehow, I have a hard time believing that "Grandma" is uniquely sloganerrific, as Texas political nicknames go. If Richard "Kinky" Friedman can do it, why the hell not?

[Kinky Friedman for Governor 2006]

Lindsay Beyerstein a New York writer blogging at Majikthise.