HOUSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A candidate for Texas governor jokingly says big-game hunters are punished by God with erectile dysfunction.
Independent candidate Richard "Kinky" Friedman -- who is also a singer-songwriter and novelist -- says he understands the value of hunting, particularly to manage the state's deer population.
But, "Somebody that goes out and kills a polar bear or has to go out and shoot an elephant, I believe God punishes 'em by giving them erectile dysfunction. That's just a theory, though," he tells the Houston Chronicle.
Political watchers point out that hunting is no joke in Texas.
"Living on the land, farming, ranching and hunting -- that's all sort of a piece of being a true Texan," said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.
Among his campaign slogans are "How Hard Could It Be?" and "Why the Hell Not?"