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Hogan led the vote totals, despite spending less than $5,000 on his campaign. Hogan said he did not spend money during the campaign because “it’d be silly to raise money.” He added that there was no need for a campaign website, which he doesn't have, because “somebody’s going to Google you anyway.”

-Texas Tribune, 3/5/14

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“It’s kind of refreshing, isn’t it?” Hogan said after Tuesday’s primary. “Nobody thought I had a chance at all, and I got the most votes of all three of us. I think it’s refreshing, not just for me, but for everybody who voted. I think people are excited now. They have real hope that their votes do count and that things can change.

“This is a time to let people celebrate that feeling. I just want to let the people gloat for awhile that the establishment got beat,” Hogan said.

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The other candidates couldn’t attack him, Hogan said, “because they had nothing to use against me, so the way they campaigned against me was to ignore more. And the newspapers, they turned me down in droves when I went to them about writing articles about me. I’m bland. I know that. I talked about stuff that’s not funny. But it’s not about me. It’s about what’s best for Texas and for this office.”

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“Look at what I’ve done so far: Nobody gave me any chance at all to win, but I got more votes than the other two. I’m not flamboyant, and I won’t try to be something I’m not. But there’s more to me than the words tell, and I think people will see that. Getting the job [of commissioner of agriculture] is very different from doing the job. I know if I can get the job, I can do the job better than Kinky can. I have the passion and the desire and the work ethic it takes. That’s what will carry me through.”

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Why should I vote for him in the runoff?
whoisjimhogan whoisjimhogan Said:

“I want to beat Kinky, and I think I can beat him,” Hogan said. “I’ve said it before: It would be easier for me to be a comedian than for Kinky to be a farmer. But I’m very serious about this. I wouldn’t have run for the office if I wasn’t serious about winning and about doing a good job.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I would like to see any of his policy positions.
whoisjimhogan whoisjimhogan Said:

The Democratic nomination for the agriculture post also will be decided in a runoff, between Jim Hogan, a politically unknown former dairy farmer, with 38.8 percent, and Richard “Kinky” Friedman, with 37.7 percent.

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Kesha Rogers took 40.07 of the votes from Red River County for the office of U.S. Senator; for commissioner of agriculture, Jim Hogan took 84.59 percent of the county vote.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is he related to Hulk Hogan? If so, does he advocate the taking of vitamins and saying of prayers?
whoisjimhogan whoisjimhogan Said:

The race for the Democratic nomination for agriculture commissioner also helped us see what voters didn’t know. Rancher Hugh Fitzsimons was backed by lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte and other party leaders. He ran last and so is out of the runoff. First place went to Jim Hogan, who didn’t campaign and acknowledged that his common name was the best thing he had going for him — perhaps particularly among voters of a certain age who associate Hogans with heroes.

Jim Hogan, who did his campaigning on a Cleburne library computer, got 190,205 votes, or 38.8 percent. No way 190,205 voters knew anything about Hogan, who’s now in a runoff with Kinky Friedman, who got 37.7 percent. Friedman’s core issue — marijuana legalization — probably isn’t a topic Texas Dems want to focus on this year, so Hogan might be the party’s better choice.

(Fitzsimons didn’t help himself by getting on the ballot as Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III. Anybody with a III after their name sounds Republican.)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
The whole "aw-shucks" I was put here by god schtick is beyond phony & well worn out - god doesn't actually exist. Your idea to pick the party that you have better odds in definitely shows a lack of ethics. You can go fuck yourself re: your Kinky statements.
whoisjimhogan whoisjimhogan Said:

How else do you explain my victory?

"Anybody can run for office the way I run it," Hogan says. "All I say is, God must have had a hand in it, because that don’t happen every day."

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Asker spudmiester Asks:
But seriously... who the hell is Jim Hogan? Poor Fitz :'(
whoisjimhogan whoisjimhogan Said:

We are trying to answer that question. The whole world is asking that question. Who is Jim Hogan?

"Not being a politician, I didn’t want to spend money," he says. "I didn’t buy any mailers or yard signs. I think it’s a waste to spend a lot of money on these politics."

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Hogan’s keeping a positive attitude regardless.

“If you don’t win, no big deal, go home.”

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To be fair, Hogan has more experience than Kinky Friedman with farm and ranch affairs. He says he’s been involved in agriculture from childhood and ran a dairy farm from 1973 to 2005. Now in the insurance business, Hogan can speak at length about the economics of irrigated agriculture and the functions of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Still, he doesn’t have much of a platform.

“You’ve gotta get in and meet the people, see what’s been going on in the past. It’s just like running a business, you gotta get your hands around it.”

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The Internet believes in Jim Hogan. 

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