As with the upcoming release I thought, it's time to submit my personal MySQLdb patchset for consideration. I've been using that for some time now in production.
Patch 4/4: Fix TEXT vs. BLOB conversion.
This patch assumes an applied patch 3 (https://sourceforge.net/p/mysql-python/patches/79/). Looks a bit like a hack, but the infrastructure doesn't seem to allow anything else. And it works here very well. I'm not sure, how it works with very old mysql versions (<= 4.0).