HNSON Your Democratic Candidate for LT. GOVERNOR “HONESTY IS STILL THE BEST POLICY”. Reduce high taxes State utility commission $75 monthly pension at 65 HDQRS.: 1901 RALEIGH AYE., AUSTIN \(Political A’a Reuben, J. Evetts, Ralph Attack Price Texas’s turbulent word war for gubernatorial votes took on an ironic twist last week when U. S. Senator Price Daniel took the awkward but probably, savvy position of refusing to accept an offer of several thousand ballots. Duval County political boss George Parr, who still has a way of placing a large block of votes where he wants them, said he was going to support Daniel because “I owe him favors.” Interrupted while soliciting votes in Houston to. be told of the Parr en, dorsement, Daniel declared “This is ,all news to me. Lhave not solicited the support of George Parr or authorized anyone else to do .so in my behalf. I hereby decline his support.” He added that Parr might be trying to help Ralph Yarborough. Yarborough said Parr is Daniel’s “bosom friend.” While he was trying to pick up ‘ votes in Houston and turn them down in Duval . County, Daniel was being heavily belabored by two of his more Or less conservative fellow candidates. T11ey expressed rather pointed concern about his qualifications. Reuben Senterfitt viewed “wishwash little junior” Senator Daniel as a “proven failure” who should not only resign his Senate post but might as well quit the governor’s race, too. Explained Senterfitt : “By his own admind whether to stay in Texas with his fast-sinking campaign for governor or rush back to Washington. He might as well get out of the governor’s race, for even the oil lobby money can’t stop his losing trend,” Senterfitt added. J. Evetts Haley also scored Daniel as .a “proven failure” and said he was at a 16ss to understand why the oil companies “bet on Price to come in with a political gusher when he is actually digging them a dry hole.” Haley bitterly charged that Daniel had “compromised” the tidelands case and “lost seven and one-half miles of the tidelands .which Texas really owns.” “We got three of the of the ten and one-half miles that Texas had when, it entered the Union. This is another example of ,what this ‘moderate conservative,’ a polite term for weakkneed surrender, has already cost Texas,” Haley declared. WILL WILSON FIGHTING ATTORNEY WERAL Earlier in the week, Daniel .had been on the offensive with continuing bitter.blasts at Yarborough in particular and officials of the American Federation of Labor in general, Pointing out carefuly that he was ‘following his campaign promise to campaign without mudslinging, the Senator said’: “The main reason paidlabor bosses want to, seize control of Texas through their choice for governor is to repeal our state right-to-work laws. The same labor convention that heard governor and then collected money for his campaign listed repeal of the rightto-work law as its prime objective,” Daniel said. Hits Gambling The senator made a bid for votes of union workers despite his exchanges with what he termed “paid labor bosses trying to dictate to them. They have often disagreed with their paid leaders who are now seeking to cloth. inate . Texas politics. We are facing a combination of pressure groups which are going all -out-to seize the. reins of government in Texas.. They want to destroy the right of free men to work and the -right to vote individually,” Daniel charged. . In McGregor, Daniel ex -Pressed concern over fallitig farm prices and stated that he had supported. the Democratic policy of 90 percent of parity on basic crops. “I supported this, not because it was my party’s policy, but because it is best for the country. As long as there are subsidies and all other incomes are up, the farmer must have his fair share of the national income. He urged Agriculture Secretary Ezra Benson to speedily “make available hay at reduced prites, disaster loans, and every other available assistance to farmers, milk producers, and ranchers in the stricken counties.” At Abilene, Daniel made theprediction he would win the Democratic nomination in the first primary and explained that “the 353000 persons who urged me to run for governor in. each will get out and get at least 20 other persons to cast their vote for me.” Speaking at San Angelo, he warned against gambling. “If the advocates of open gambling are successful, it would also endanger our college and high school athletic programs. I do not want to see gambling scandals such as we have witnessed in other states.” He pointed out that while attorney general he had fought gambling by closing down bookies’ sources of information with injunctions against telephone and telegraph companies. “We have enough crime as it is without encouraging more by legalizing, pari-mutuel betting,” Daniel ‘declared. `$75,000 in 75 Minutes’ Yarborough assailed Daniel with new vigor on the labor support issue. “I believe the people of Texas should know that the junior U. S. Senator actively sought the support of organized labbr for his candidacy for governor this year,” Yarborough said in a move to give Daniel’s criticism a sour grapes flavor. “Prior to announcing his candidacy for governor, Price Daniel, in Washington, begged representatives of the American Federation of Labor for their support,” charged labor representatives his candidacy would suit them. “Since announcing his -candlacy, Price Daniel has sent his campaign manager and his Austin press agent the author of the big Port Arthur lie of the 1954 campaignto call on both the Texas State Federation of Labor and the Texas C10. These campaign managers begged support from both these organizations for Price Daniel in this campaign,” Yarborough said. At Weatherford, Yarborough answered Daniel’s criticism, of the money raising move for him at the Texas State Federation of Labor convention. He said he had received $376.34 in the collection. Counter charged Yarborough: The State Roundup “Sin& the junior’senator from Texas has so widely boasted he would run a clean campaign, but has been so vociferous in his denunciation of me for having accepted this contribution of $376.34 from individuals who belong to unions, I call on him to confirm or deny the wide-spread, well-authenticated reports that $75,000 vas raised in 15 minutes in Dallas a few days ago to_ support his candidacy, all of ‘it contributed by officials of corpoi-ations. Apparently the junior senator believes that a member of the union ,has less rightof citizenship that an officer of a corporation.” In Cuero,. Yarborough said he considers that “the drouth has reached major disaster proportions in South Texas.” Yarborough predicted he would be elected governor. “I am convinced,” he said, “that the people of Texas are going to clean house this year. Since I am the only candidate for governor who had mentioned this corruption in office any time prior to last spring, and since foul: of my five opponents have made speeches supporting Allan Shivers during the past two years, the people are going to entrust me with the job of cleaning it up.” `Forced or Otherwise’ J. J. Holmes, still steadily casting his lot with horse-racing as the big hope to solve Texas’s financial wor ries, arose to immediate indignation over Daniel’s anti-gambling attack. He challenged Daniel to a’ debate on the gambling question,offered to let him set the time and place and bring his own crowd. Daniel didn’t botherto refuse, as he had in response to two earlier invitations. “Mr. Daniel says gamblers and the syndicates would carry the money out of Texas if we had legalized betting,” Holmes said. “That is exactly what they are doing todayoperating full sway. Gamblers don’t want this program. It would eliminate the underground aspect.” _ Holmes declared that his betting tax plan would be a “gold mine” for securing funds for public schools, highways, parks, public buildings, old age assistance, and other needs. Senterfitt charo 6ed. Daniel, W.’ . Lee O’Daniel, and Yarborough with basing campaigns on “give away program which is nothing’but a campaign to buy votes with taxpayvrs’ money.” He re-issued his challenge to meet the other five candidates in debate and added: “The voters now realize that there will’ be only two courses to follow. They can_ support the cause of conservatism with Reuben Senterfitt or the cause of liberalism with Ralph Yarborough.” He branded Daniel and O’Daniel as “fence riding moderates” and predicted later at San Angelo that he and O’Daniel would be in a runoff. J. Evetts Haley at Abilene said, “I feel that this is a good year for the dark horse. candidate. It promises to be a year of reaction against the office holders. The voters want to see things cleaned up, not covered up.” At Longview, he declared “The _ most critical issue is not corruption in Austin, as bad as that is. The biggest issue is that imposed by the Supreme Court … the integration of the races.” He charged that the Supreme Court ruling was a “sinister design to ruin the South” and said he opposed integration “forced or otherwise.” Yarborough, Daniel, O’Daniel, and Senterfitt were in Houston late last week. Daniel spoke to 400 campaign workers : O’Daniel drew 500 to 600 -to a rally ; YarbOrough sho6k thousands of hands in a tour of supermarkets and stores. An Austin American survey of 27 newspapermen ,concluded that Daniel and Yarborough are running “neck and neck,” with O’Daniel a possibility for the runoff, The Dallas News end.orse i d Daniel. Senator A. M. Aikin, also seeking the lieutenant governor job, advocated “lobby legislation with some teeth in it so the people will know who represents who.” Aikin spokes to a Dallas Lions Club in support of an amendment to increase teacher retirement payments which he said “would attract and hold capable teachers. This amendment,” he said, “is not so much for the teachers as it is for the children.” Tom Moore, candidate for attorney’ general, charged that the ‘!Texas government is now run by lobbyists for selfish, special interest groups” and promised to suppOrt and work for laws to control lobbyist activities. Moore declared that Texas needs an attorney general who “will help the people, not special interest groups.” Will Wilson, campaigning at Houston for the attorney general job, pledged -enforcement of the law “without favor to any individ.ual, clique or group. While I do not favor extension or broadening of the state’s authority over the individual citizen,” Wilson said, “I do believe in. strict en: forcement of the law.” THE TEXAS. OBSERVER Page 4 July 11, 1956 AUSTIN Conservatives Say Daniel ‘Proven Failure,’ Wishy-Washy; He Hits Yarbo;ough: ‘Labor’; Is Hit with ‘Corporations’ Lt. Gov. Ben Ramsey, who is among the candidates for state office endorsed by Duval County political czar George Parr, said he wants Parr’s vote without any “strings attached.” Stated Ramsey: “I have a good, sound pla form and my work as a public official is a matter of record. I do not offer special favors to anybody. That is my philosophy and will always be my practice. “I seek the support of .every Texan in every walk of life. Any Texan who wants to vote for me, without any terms, conditions, or strings attached to it, I want his vote,” Ramsey said. C. T. Johnson, candidate for lieutenant governor, in a an Austin campaign release, charged that “underder Ben Ramsey’s administration we _ have had the worst depression in governmental principles in the history of Texas. Not one time,” declared Johnson, “has Ramsey’s voice been raised against the loan sharks and the veterans land and insurance scandals. By silence he condoned corruption that was within his power to control.” Johnson added he was “shocked” by Ramsey’s acceptance of Parr’s supiort.
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