i 11411, PRES/PENT/A t FIE 1The Openings of Price, Pappy, and Ralph’ At Daniel Meeting; Guests Are of the Upper Crust; Pappy Seeks Rustics, Yarborough Those in Between \(Bob Bray, the Observer’s associate editor,.. covered the Pappy O’Daniel campaign opening \(Observer, May -Yarborough and Daniel _Openings, which he reports .on pages 4 and 5 this week. Here are his imHOUSTON Anyone who attended’ the cam paign paign kickoffs of the three major. gubernatorial candidates could not help but notice the marked, contrast in the sessions. Price Daniel’s more socially correct coffe6and-coolde meeting was attended .4iefly by what might be termed thei lower half. of the upper, crust. Baylor University, which Price attended, was heard often in the dis.; eussions_ as one made his way through the crowd before the senator began speaking. One Baylorite remarked to another, “It’s good to see you again so sboit. Didn’t you enjoy Ike’s address at Waco?” Daniel’s meeting, well attended by a crowd estimated at 300, , waS Harris_ County organizational sesion than a full-fledged b rally. Even so, as one observer remarked, “it’s a pretty good sized crowd to .draw without using hillbilly -mu -sic.” But one. old timer, standing near the doOr .aid eyeing the sleek-suited men and very well-dressed ladies., lamented to a man nearby “I’d like to see .more of the rank and file people come out.” * * * Ralph Yarborough, who opened his campaign Friday night in Nacogdoches, and W. Lee “Pappy” 0_Daniel, who started two weeks ago in Wacd, both began by trying to reach the country and laboring f61k. Both set the stage with -hillbilly music, both declared themselves as Democrats, both pulled no punches in dedaring they would clean out corrup tion in Austin, both’ drew opening crowds of approximately 1500 perSons. Pappy, using a hesitant, folksy approach loaded with anecdotes, received /a: warm response from an audience seemingly comprised mostly of farm , and’ working people. How ever, his reception in,warmth and attendance was flatting to compare to the fanatical zeal with which he was received in the old days. Still, there were plentymainly the old folkswho came early and stayed late; listening to the hillbilly singing and proclaiining -how they voted .for Pappy.Once and intend to again. Where neatly dressed ladies had passed out cards and pencils at the hotel to sign up Daniel’s campaign Bob Bray workers, a grimy-fingernailed, middleag -ed, sunburned man dressed in white overall went through the Waco crowd signing up supporters. Yarborough’s opening meeting was apparently calculated to fall some,where between both extremes, and it did. While he employed a hillbilly band to help draw a crowd, he seemed to direct most of his talk to his. statewide radio audience, the first one he had been able to afford, he said. Where Pappy cracked jokes, Yarborough was serious almost to the point of being grim. What may prove in the long run to be the most significant thing about his speech ‘was that he emphasized a constructive program for Texas instead of little but criticism of the Shivers administration. His platform is the most complete that any candidate has nailed down up to this time. And the crowd attending his organizational meeting at the Hotel Fredonia and later his openingspeech at the Fair Ground arena appeared to offer broader representation of the people. * * One factor. ; which well may be decisive, is money. Both O’Danitl and Yarborough passed . the hat attheir rallies, called for financial aid from .their backers, frankly admitting they need such help. Daniel, who is expected to enjoy much. financial assistance from the same people who picked up most of the chit for Gov. Shivers, didn’t men, tion anything as indelicate as money. He just advocated we all go to work. * * After Daniel drew such strong response at the Ben Milam meeting, we looked around for a pseudo-expert who might help us to’ analyze the governor’s race. Newsmen have . long since learned that three people in the United States who know more about everything than any others are bartenders, barbers, and cab drivers. Since it was not yet noon and we had had our monthly haircut last week, we decided on a cabbie. “Just been over to hear Daniel kick off his campaign,” we reported. Our driver, one of those gray, age 7 less individuals who can mysteriously glide between rows of cars across jammed intersections at 40 miles an hour while talking over his shoulder, rose quickly to the bait. “You mean Pappy?” “No, Senator Daniel opened his campaign here today. Didn’t you know ?” “He ain’t got a chance,” declared the cabbie, ignoring my question. “I don’t know who’ll win but Daniel won’t. He’s supported by that Shivers crowd and they’re finished.” Who would the taxi driver ‘rot* . for “Well, I don’t know. I heard a guy Make a speech . that I liked but can’t recall his name right now.” Yarborough, Haley or maybe it was Holmes, the fellow who is in favor of legalizing horse race betting, we guessed. “That’t the guy I’m voting for, is that . Holmes. We`. needhorseracing and everybody knows you can’t never stop gambling, anyhow,” he declared. Kind Words To the Editor : miss reading a very interesting pipet that is not controlled by big business nor slants, the news like most daily papers. W. L. WILLOWY 5616 Leeland Ave., Houston 23 Logical and Proper To the Editor: I am most distressed to. learn of Creekrnore’s protest of the Travis County, . delegate \(Observer: May carried out it would seat two ‘Shivercrat ,groups which were replaced by the. convention committee on national delegates. He missed the real -reason for replacing the Travis County delegare, which was because there was ri person on the delegation from Sena -tar. Johnson’s home town. In other words, the committee felt that it -Was only logical and ‘proper for a John .son City man to be on the delegation to Chicago. MARCUS R. HICKERSON .106 Jackson St., Waxahachie THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 3 June , 1956 -TC:0 ft THE LISTENING POST `Just Want To Borrow It Ti! September, Price Return It Exactly As Is’ In assessing the recent state convention, .Sam Kinch *rites in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the liberals, in forcing the Johnson leadership to ,back down on. the selection of Mrs. R. D. Randolph as national committeewarhan, “Probably. damaged his national reputation as Texas leader.” He said the convention, showed that “the left wing of the party and the labor bloc are not enthusiastic.. about the. Senate majority leader. It demonstrated they will not -ev-en follow his leadership on occasion.” Time interpreted Mrs. Randolph’s selection as a hard rebuff for. Johnson in his ,own back yard. His control is still firm, said Time, but he will have to keep a .beady eye trained …. Ralph Yarborough wired the Times-Herald in Dallas, challenging a report that his appearance on the state. convention stage had irked convention leaders. “Johnson ‘Friends’ See Coattails Ride,” the story was headlined. Yarborough \(in a wire torted that he had been invited onstage courteously by the temporary chairman and was not riding any-one’s coattails. …. Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate C. T. Johnson makes the point, in replying to Everett Looney’s charge that he showed only $125 of a total of $1200 traveling expenses on his 1954 expenses report \(Observer, the Election Code requires listing only of payments above $10. His payments for travel were usually less ‘than $10 per item, he emph His total payments made, exclusive. of sums of less than $10, were reported at $5,320.25. . I …. We inadvertently omitted the credit line for the one-:column car toon on. page three last week. It was from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. …. According to an editorial in The New .York Times, Australia and other foreign countries are -not to be allowed to see the. “Sport in Art” exhibit recently shownat the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Said the Times : “One . reason for this change of plans is that a Texas organizatian calling itself “The Dallas County Patriotic Council” charged that four of the artists represented had once been members of Communistfront groups.” The Times . puzzles over ho’w a picture of a baseball game, a winter scene, or a fisherman could make persons abroad turn, communist ; says this kind of episode makes foreigners laugh at us but also notes that the council . is not the exclusive %spokesman for Texas art lovers, since the Dallas Museum and the Dallas Park Board permitted the pictures -to be shown. Look for a low-pressure race for attorney general. Will Wilson and, Tom Moore are determined to cam ; paign without vilification. Ross Carlton, the Citizens’ Council leader, might generate some heat, but otherwise it will be relatively temperate politics. . Little has been done yet to dissolve the Democratic Advisory Council or activate the Democratic Cam paign Committee that was established by the May 22 convention in Dallas to campaign for the Democrats’ national nominees. A preliminary count has indicated that about 80 members of the delegation to Chicagowho constitute the campaign committee are also members of the advisory council,’, which may minimize the difficulties of the transition from the council to the committee. Al
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