Political Watch: Business innovator Farouk Shami is running for Governor of Texas. Do you know his platform?

by Jesse Muhammad

When I got the news that Farouk Shami is running for Governor of Texas, I thought this was something to blog about.

I didn't know him personally. Like most of you all I have only known his brand CHI. Yes, the CHI flat iron. (women know about it more than us men: smile)

It's no mystery that people in my circle have been fed up with the politics of Texas and in this season of change ushered in by the election of President Obama, Shami represents something fresh.

He's not a career politician and plans to only take $1 a year salary if Texans vote him into office.

I didn't get my research about him from newspapers, fellow bloggers or present politicians I know.

Instead I have had the opportunity to speak with him and hear him deliver his message for myself in person on numerous occasions. I researched the history of how he built his now billion dollar corporation. His story is phenomenal, to say the least, and is what he calls "The American Dream".

Imagine yourself coming to America with only $71 in your pocket to now owning a corporation with products sold in over 100 countries. But not only is your company worth $1 billion, but it's debt free. That's part of his story. Ok, I'm boring you right? Of course not. Everyone wants to execute their personal visions. He did. (Read More Here and watch video below)

I know what you're saying, "That doesn't qualify him to be governor!"....hold your Texas horses. Here is his platform according to his official website.

Creating Texas Jobs
Shami believes that “Made in the USA ” is the strongest brand in the world. As creator of the CHI and other consumer products, he has created thousands of jobs in Texas. As governor, he says he will encourage business owners to stop sending jobs overseas and start creating jobs here in Texas. (Blogger's Note: He closed down his CHI plant in China to bring thousands of jobs back to Texas plus I personally witnessed him give a job to a man who had a felony who asked him for a second chance opportunity. Who else does that?)

Reforming Health Care
Shami says he wants all Texans to have the same opportunity he gives to his own employees. As a responsible business owner who provides health insurance benefits to his employees, Farouk says he understands how rising health care costs hurt families, businesses, and our economy. He has stated that he will not be afraid to take on the drug and insurance companies who put profits over patients.

Providing Quality Education
As governor, Farouk says he will place a priority on giving students the skills needed to compete in our global economy by emphasizing reading, writing, math, and science. He says he will leave partisan politics at the schoolyard gate.

Preserving the Environment
Farouk Shami built his business on developing environmentally friendly, ammonia-free and organic products that use few chemicals and reduce pollution. As governor, Farouk says he will encourage organic and sustainable farming and ranching

That's the platform, in brief, and you can read more on his official website.

Now before you go and make quick judgments about his chances at winning, you should read the book The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe, Obama's Campaign Manager. People didn't give Obama a chance, even his team doubted at first and look what happened.

Keep your eye on Farouk Shami who says "The day I become Governor, is the day that business as usual in Texas ends."

Will blog more soon.

Check out these related links:
The Official Farouk for Governor website
African-Americans for Farouk Blog
Request for Voter Registration Applications in Texas


  1. Well Brother Jesse if you say keep my eye on him, then that's what I am going to do! thanks for the info

  2. I don't think he can win BUT I agree with what Brother Jesse is saying....things can change in this season of politics even when the odds are against someone. I wish him luck.


  3. Robert Franklin of BeaumontDecember 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    C'mon Brother Jesse. You should know just as well as I know that Texas is NOT going to let a Muslim Palestinian get into office.

    BUT I can agree that we now a President whose name is Barack Hussein Obama....so anythings possible.

    As always brother jesse thanks for the info. you always educating the masses. i didn't know all of this about him. Will pass it on now.

  4. I saw him speak at the Sunnyside breakfast. Love his words. He has an uphill battle to fight...but he definitely can shake some things up.

    Thanks for the info Brother Jesse

  5. I think he has a chance! Thanks for the info Brother Jesse.

  6. Brother Jesse,

    While I agree that people should not be underestimated, I just don't know if he's strong enough politically to lead Texas. However, I am not a fan of Perry or White so I am going to keep watching Farouk to see how he's getting stronger in his message.

    Thanks again Brother Jesse for the info. Great website too!

  7. Thank you all for the feedback and again I will say just keep watching. And visit the links to find out where he is speaking at over the next few months. If he's in your area I invite you to go hear him for yourself. You will be inspired because he is doing things BEFORE he gets in office. Not too many do/doing that.

    @Victor There's many people dissatisfied with the politics of Houston and Texas. But when it's time to vote for change, we're absent. Not you. But I'm just saying (smile)

    Keep your eye on Farouk!

    --Brother Jesse

  8. @BrotherJesse

    I hear you on that. Look at the voting turnout in the Mayoral race run off election. Dismal! Now people upset because they didn't get who they wanted but they didn't help drive people to the polls.

    We need to put up or shut!

    I will keep my eye on Farouk.

  9. I support Farouk! Why not? Maybe he will do something about the death penalty in Texas. We're the number one killer in the world.

  10. @Victor you are correct. Voter turnout was very low.

    @Francis Farouk addressed that at a grassroots forum in Houston this month. He plans to do something about the wrongful executions.

    Again, you have to hear Farouk speak! I think he is awesome.

  11. To be honest Brother Jesse, your blog is the FIRST online report that I have read something POSITIVE about Farouk. So many people do not even give him a chance at winning but as always you seem to make me see things a little different.

    I honestly have not read his platform nor heard him speak. I'm going to do it now just because you offer this balance news report on him. Thanks

  12. Being a great business man does not qualify him to be a politician....but I agree Brother Jesse, stranger things have happened in politics.

    I will keep my eye on him

  13. Bro. JM - While I applaud Mr. Shami's success as a Business Man, I do not think it politically plausible that he would convince the "Good ole Boy" network of Texas to support him; which would be necessary for serious contention. The best he can hope for is a large enough base to form so that he has a seat at the table of influence after the democratic primary election. Finally, as a total package: and although it is not PC - his being a practicing Muslim at a time when two perceived attacks and counting have come on American soil recently (and Texas being the epicenter of angst against anything not White) makes his candidacy essentially a "tempest in a tea cup".

    Happy Holidays to you and your Readers, my Brother.

  14. Barbara of CaliforniaDecember 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    @8vsb Political Action Committee

    I agree with you wholeheartedly but like Brother Jesse says, you never know!

    let's wait and see


  16. I've met farouk many times.
    He is a very generous and REAL man. I only hope that people give him a chance, i really think he can change texas for the better.

    Thank you brother jesse!


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