PORT ARANSAS, Texas - Kinky Friedman had a wealthy man named Buffett as a financial contributor in the 2006 Texas gubernatorial campaign. As a columnist from the Dallas Morning News explains, it was Jimmy Buffett and not Warren Buffett that was offering support. The column recounts a late night telephone conversation between the two friends.
"All I want when you're governor is Port Aransas," Jimmy told Kinky.
"You sure you don't want Dallas?" Kinky countered.
"No, no," Jimmy said. "Port Aransas."
Long time Port A locals tell stories, some of them true about Jimmy Buffett coming through town many years ago. I do know that in a Houston concert a few years back he mentioned Port Aransas several times in impromptu lyrics. As an avid angler, he would no doubt love the fishing. He might want to bring his surfboard as well. In any case, it's just nice to know that Jimmy B is a fan.
Read Kinky's review of Buffett's novel "A Salty Piece of Land" in the NY Times.