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Friday, August 4, 2006

Rod Bryan in The Economist

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Independent gubernatorial candidate Rod Bryan scores a profile (and an international audience) in the pages of The Economist magazine.

 

Mr Bryan is gaining support from disenfranchised Generation Xers and Emo kids (young people afflicted with melancholia), besides baby-boomers who are disillusioned with the spin and double-talk of politics. His next single-sheet initiative will be on recycling. And he suggests that politicians might give back half their salary to a state programme, as he plans to do if elected.

His approach is do-it-yourself. While the other gubernatorial candidates raise millions, Mr Bryan and his friends gather in a friend's front garden on a Friday night to spray-paint political signs on recycled cardboard and estate agents' signs, and to design campaign T-shirts from donated castoffs. Cereal packets are cut into calling-cards.

Mr Bryan looks for inspiration to Texas, where Kinky Friedman, a musician and mystery-writer, is also running for governor as an independent. Perhaps he is hoping for a hoe-down on the Texas-Arkansas state line, with Mr Friedman and Ho-Hum trying to persuade other indies to run next time. Indie bands and labels have often turned music on its head. Can the same happen to American politics?


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