COOLIDGE vs. KENNEDY Notes on Congress Races–GOP Write-In? g o or Postscript to the Observer’s the Harris County political situation: Chronicle writer Walter Mansell, noting that the GOP primary will damage conservative strength there, cites also the “sharp decline” in poll taxes in conservative precincts without a corresponding drop in liberal areas. A study of 41 predominately Negro precincts which always vote overwhelmingly liberal shows a poll tax increase over 1960, a presidential year, of from 51,580 to 55,804. In contrast, the Spring Branch-Memorial area, a bulwark of conservatism, has 19,4C2, a gain of only 1,062 over 1960. The Pasadena area, also strongly liberal, declined only slightly, from 25,895 to 24,354. “Veteran politicians say that if Political Intelligence there are 15,000 to 20,000 Republican votes, anything can happen, and likely to the liberal advantage. If there are more than that, the liberals probably will crash through in a large number of contests.” v Don Yarborough led in sep arate polls at the University of Texas and North Texas State in Denton. Young Republicans at UT conducted a survey among a random 404 students, found Yarborough with 44 percent, 179 votes. Jack Cox had 21 percent, John Connally 18, Price Daniel 8. At North Texas Yarborough led with 194 votes out of 630, Connally had 118, Daniel 116, Cox 111 . . . The Texas Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s news weekly predicted a Connally-Yarborough run-off, and Jim Turman way in front for lieutenant governor with a possible run-off with either Bob Baker or Preston Smith . . . With all the talk about polls, Stuart Long came across one conducted by the Kilgore News Herald which found Cox leading with 38, followed by General Walker with 18 and Connally with 13. The poll, said Long, “didn’t indicate whether Connally would be able to overcome the Walker lead in the run-off.” If 200,000 to 300,000 conservatives vote in the GOP primary, he predicts, the general election showdowns will mostly be liberal-conservative. Otherwise, the November races will match various shades of conservatism. 100 Tom Wicker, New York Times ace. was in Austin last week checking out the governor’s race. He followed Al Otten of the Wall Street Journal \(see fairly strong, especially on Connally and Walker. V The Dallas News endorsed a slate which included Connally for governor, Crawford Martin or Preston Smith for lieutenant governor, Waggoner Carr for attorney general, Joe Pool for congressman-at-large, Ben Ramsey for the Railroad Commission, and J. Evetts Haley Jr. for agriculture commissioner . . . Connally is far and away in the lead on daily newspaper endorsements. Daniel this week got the backing of the Houston Press. Roy Whittenburg, GOP candidate, is being vigorously supported by J. C. Phillips, the John Birch member who edits the Borger NewsHerald. v Allen Duckworth of the Dallas News took a tour of the Connally state headquarters in Fort Worth, found it “a model of modern big-time political ef ficiency.” He found two operators tending switchboards in the tele phone room on one floor, with five leased “wide area” lines avail able 24 hours a day in which any Texas number can be dialed directly. Straight lines go to Dallas, Austin, and Houston. There are 42 office phones and ten local lines, with one straight line to a Fort Worth advertising firm which handles billboards and other matters. There are 30 headquarters workers, some of them volunteers, and ten paid typists in a stenographic pool. Despite frequent reports, Duckworth said he did not find a direct line to Washington. v Medford Evans, the advisor to General Walker who appears with him frequently during the campaign, is a free-lance consultant now living in Dallas. A retired brigadier general, he stopped writing for William Buckley Jr.’s National Review after Buckley ripped into the John Birch Society. He is now a contributing editor to Robert Welch’s journal, American Opinion. g oo 0 Belden Poll surveyed the lieutenant governor’s race, found Turman still ahead with 32 percent, trailed by Baker with 18, and Martin, Jarrard Secrest, and Preston Smith with 8 each. Some 18 percent were undecided. j o of Cong. Bruce Alger, the fiery GOP conservative from Dallas, hasn’t started campaigning yet. He’s waiting out the Democratic primary between state Rep. Bill Jones, a conservative, and Rev. Saxton Bryant, a liberal who says he has a strong leaning for conservatism. Some of the district’s big businessmen who supported Ike Nixon tickets, disgruntled with Alger over what they deem ineffective representation, a r e going in the Democratic primary. Jones has voted Republican frequently in the past, Bryant is a loyalist. Harley’ Pershing of th Star-Telegram says Bryant’s campaign “is filled with overtones of party harmony, contending that his program of balance between liberalism and conservatism will weld the disjointed Democratic Party into a working team.” Neither Democrat says he plans to use Alger’s racy divorce in the campaigning, although in pur .tan Dallas the details have been whispered around. V Young Benton Musslewhite, running against staunch Democratic conservative John Dowdy, who has the same voting record as Republican Alger, is given an odds-on chance by insiders to win in that East Texas district . . . Incumbent Cong. J. T. Rutherford, an anti-Birch conservative, has a rough fight in the sprawling 16th District. Tom Diamond Jr. of El Paso, a Kennedy-Yarborough liberal, opposes him in the Democratic primary, along with conservatives Robert Frias of Odessa and Dr. W. D. Kelley of Midland. Comments Rutherford: “I’ll match my reccrd, civilian, public, or military, with any of the patriots-for-profit the John Birchers want to trot out.” . . . Cong. Wright Patman has been talking up opponent Sam Hall Jr.’s support of Constitutional Party tickets in the past. Hall is not now considered the serious threat to Patman’s long incumbency as he was three months ago. g o of Some 50 Texas GOP women attended the annual Nation al Republican Women’s Confer ence in Washington, where GOP national committeewoman Mrs. Ike Kampmann of San Antonio announced there is a “strong possibility” B e x a r Republicans will conduct a write-in campaign against Cong. Henry Gonzalez. Gonzalez, elected in a special vote last November, has no formal opposition. Gov . Nelson Rocke feller addressed the conference and had a reception later. Complained Mrs. W. A. Huron of Fort Worth: “I do not see the importance of Rockefeller at this time. He represents the liberal side of the Republican Party and Goldwater the conservative. I feel there should have been a reception for Goldwater too.” frof Carl Freund, Fort Worth Press political r e p o r t e r, wrote recently of some hee-haw politics in the race for the state senate between Rep. Don Kennard and incumbent Sen. Doyle Willis. “Sen. Willis won’t appear on the Central Labor Council slate after all. The Labor Council first voted to take a hands-off position in the race . . . Then it reversed itself and voted to back Willis. Now, the second vote has been thrown out on grounds it violated union rules” . . . “We’re right back where we startednot endorsing either Mr. Willis or Mr. Kennard,” Council President J. W. Stifford said. Meanwhile, many Fort Worth politics-watchers are admiring Sen. Willis’ agility. “Doyle voted against the Carling brewery,” one watcher said this week. “The hard-core dries are praising him for that, of course. But now he’s got a lot of those who worked to get that industrial payroll here saying he actually worked for it, behind the scenes, then voted against it only because he knew it would pass anyhow.” v Texas Outlook, the official publication of the State Teachers Association, took a pot shot at Sam Harper Jr., the ener getic San Antonio right-winger and Walker booster. Harper is running against W. W. Jackson of San Antonio, long-time state board of education member. With out mentioning his name, the publication. in an editorial en titled “No Place for Extremists,” praises the present board and warns “it would be tragic if the current wave of extremism in politics should sweep into office anyone with an axe to grind.” .. . The state hoard of education members who have opponents are Herbert Wilborn of Amarillo, Paul Greenwood of Harlingen, Ben Howell of El Paso, Penrose Met calf of San Angelo, and Jackson. v Race-track boosters in San Antonio, countering t h e steady flood of anti-racing literature, have published a Texas Racing Times featuring a grinning Eisenhower at the Belmont Stakes. Jay Miiner, Observer associ ate editor, spoke at a Youth for Yarborough banquet at UT, critici7ed liberals for parroting the liberal line of the ‘thirties, and said “too many who identify with liberalism have gotten the fat-cat attitude.” v Allan Shivers was elected director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is chairman of Western Pipeline Inc. and a former governor. V The Democratic chairman of Harris County, Joel B. Coolidge, who opposes Bill Kilgarlin for that position this time, said he does not want President Kennedy to come to Houston now because “he might hurt the Democratic Party here.” Making his statement in response to a question at a political rally, Coolidge said a president should not come to a locality during an election. “I’m a true believer in the unfettered expression of the people themselves without outside interference or coercion,” he said. v Raymond , Brooks of the Austin American, writing on THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 8 April 21, 1962 San Antonio politics, says that city “may be one of the foremost big communities in which the conservative Democratic faction is being squeezed down between the rivalry of the liberals” and the Republicans. If the GOP there is gathering in “the conservative independents and sometimes Democrats in such a stronghold, and if this is a symptom for Texas, it \(This is the second of a series by Jay Milner on his experiences as a newspaperman in Missis
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