Friedman Not Slated to Speak to NAACP

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Independent Kinky Friedman's racially charged comments have infuriated minority groups.

He's the only major gubernatorial candidate who won't speak at this week's Texas N-Double-A-C-P state convention in Austin.

Friedman's campaign said he didn't receive an invitation -- and they're disappointed about that.

Texas N-Double-A-C-P president Gary Bledsoe told The Associated Press that Friedman has shown ... "ill will toward the African-American community."

Friedman says his opponents are orchestrating the criticism because they believe he's threatening their chances of victory.

GOP Governor Rick Perry will speak to the group today.

Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Democrat Chris Bell are scheduled to speak tomorrow.

The meeting runs through Saturday.

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