Futuro pain Austin PRINTING no job too t ough… eta Send $5.1 to: THE TEXAS OBSERVER 504 WPM. ’24th St, Austin, Texas City, State * * Name Address * SUBSCRIBE TO THE OBSERVER *Pernicious’Ivan the Terrible *Incorrigible’Ghengis Khan *`Unrealistic’Ethelred the Unready *`Devious’General Walker . 52 Republicans wouldn’t trade him for two Scott Carpenters. Said Cox in Fort Worth: “There are official election returns from one Duval County, Texas. The year-1948. The electionfor the United States Senate. CandidatesLyndon Johnson versus Gov. Coke Stevenson. Results: Lyndon B. Johnson, 4,620 votes. Coke Stevenson, 40that’s all-40. “Do you think it is logical that Lyndon Baines Johnson actually beat Coke Stevenson more than 100 to 1 in an election which had a statewide margin for Johnson of less than 100 votes? “Johnson was then the candidate, Connally was the engineer. Now it is 1962. Connally is the candidate, and this time Johnson is the engineer.” Then, in a slight genuflexion toward the liberals, he added: “I note that a Yarborough man in Houston is quoted as saying they had 50,000 votes stolen or thrown out June 2. I can sympathize with them in their bitterness at conceding a questionable victory to the Connally-Johnson combine.” On party unity, he said: “You know, there’s unity in a chain gang where everybody walks in lockstep. I have made my choice. I want to trade that kind of unity for some opportunity.” ‘Renegade Turncoat’ In Austin, in his campaign keynote address before the SDEC, Connally denounced former Democrat Cox as “a renegade turncoat opportunist whose own record as an agent of a dangerous secret political society will shock the people of Texas.” He did not specifically mention the organization, but everyone knew he meant FIA, of which Cox was executive secretary until he resigned in 1960. Gov. Daniel, Connally said, has earned a place in the Texas hall of fame through “the dignity, honor, and respect of his administration.” He praised Democrats for the “clean, honest, responsible government” they have given the state, with few execptions, in the last 50 years. . He also warned the GOP will have “a war-chest of campaign fundsincluding plenty of out-ofstate moneylike nothing Texas has ever seen.” Republican spending, he said, “will make us look like pikers. “It is a shame that in a time when our state and nation and the troubled world so desperately need men and ideas of good will and progress, that our opposition can afford nothing more than venom and hate, nothing more than deceitful tactics designed to arouse passions and emotions for selfish political gains.” While Democratic nominees were boarding chartered buses for Connally’s ranch at Floresville, disharmony was the note out of Waco. Copeland, a Don Yarborough leader, announced .the organization of Texans for a TwoParty Texas, said Connally and the “so-called Democratic Party in Texas” are “bound to specialinterest, multi-million dollar corporations” and are opposed to many Kennedy programs, and argued that “Lyndon Johnson’s determination to put Connally in the governor’s mansion is part of the most ruthless grab for power in the history of an American state.” All was harmony in Floresville, however. Democratic politicians conservatives, middle-roaders, and liberalsheard Connally’s arguments for a solid Democratic front. The nominee again scored Cox’ “secret political society,” and said his opponent would “shock the people of Texas and embarrass his own sincere and innocent Republican supporters before this campaign is over.” ‘Panic Button’ It was Cox’ turn again. Summoning a press conference in Austin Monday, he charged that Connally has “hit the panic button. His squeal of protest at the speech I made last Saturday morning is music to my ears. “I haven’t really said anything about Connally except that he is Lyndon Johnson’s boy,” Cox said. Mentioning a magazine article which said Connally claimed at the Democratic convention that “Kennedy was suffering from a fatal disease and was being kept alive by massive doses of medicine,” Cox declared: “His charge that I am a member of a dangercus secret organization is a. similar maneuver and is equally absurd. “I don’t belong to any secret organizations,” he said. “Freedomin-Action is probably secret in the way of my church, the Christian Church, which does not allow the public to see a list of its members. “If you gentlemen will check,” he said, “you will find that Mr. Connally has some good friends on the FIA board.” Cox added that he is “not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the John Birch Society.” Big Press Speculates On Texas conservatives.” The general election will be a “slambang fight.” The Virginian-Pilot, considering that Connally is better-known than Yarborough and “benefited from the flow of oil money,” found “the liberal show of strength surprising. Although concealed and frequently frustrated, the liberallabor sentiment is not a sometime thing in Texas.” On the right. the “ultra conservative Democrats” are defecting to the GOP. Connally’s task is “to accommodate the Democrats of the left and the Democrats of the right. “Another defeat by Democratic default,” the Virginian daily said, “like the Tower victory, would further the left-right alignment in Texas. And while politics there are unique, the continued erosion of the one-party system in Texas would be significant, for the South as a whole.” The Tulsa World said the closeness of the election “leaves the question of who controls Texas democracy far from answered.” The stature of the Vice President “has not been measurably enhanced by the Connally victory,” but it “has not been horribly mangled either. A Connally defeat would have been a political fate worse than death” to Jcihnson, but “he did win with his candidate and thus remains the dominant figure in Texas political affairs.” Commented the Troy, N.Y., Record: “The White House is supposed to keep hands off party primaries. But everyone knows that Connally is Johnson’s man. And Yarborough is the darling of the New Frontier liberals. Had Connally been beaten the blow would have fallen heavier on the Vice-President than on the man who ran the race. Johnson in fighting for Connally fought for his own political survival. And the Texas liberals who so narrowly missed deflating Vice-President Johnson knew full well the implications of the fight against Connally. And they were not checkreined by the White House. Vice President Johnson owes no gratitude to President Kennedy for the outcome of the Texas political brawl. The relations of the President and the Vice-President have not been bettered by the primary conflict.” To the Arkansas Gazette, Yarborough was the “outsider,” Connally the “insider.” Yarborough’s “surprisingly strong vote offers new hope of an eventual shaking out of some of the inconsistencies that have plagued Texas politics I In recent years,” especially since the growth of the GOP. “Specifically, there seems to be a growing awareness on the part of more and more of Texas’ rank-and-file Democrats that their interests do not always coincide with those of the forces which have had so much recent success in screening their candidates for them in advance.” There is no “practical reason,” the Gazette editorialized, “why a man who delivered a key state like Texas in the last presidential election, as Vice-President Johnson was credited with doing, should not be given the territory more or less in fiefhold on the assumption that he can do it again. next time. Nor do we have any doubt that Mr. Connally, for all his campaign huffing and puffing against the New Frontier, will do his technical best to help deliver the state again in ‘6-1; provided, that is, that. he makes it all 1 he wa y home himself.” V The Observer hears that another amendment on poll tax repeal is high on John Connally’s agenda if he is elected. Rep. Ben Barnes, conservative from Comanche, would be the likely House sponsor . . Connally was personally very disturbed by front-page editorials in the Austin American and other Fentress chain dailies linking Billie Sol Estes and BenJack Cage with Don Yarborough, Turman, Reavley, and Bean. “They’re trying to beat me,” Connally reportedly told a high _aide. Political Intelligence V Austin was crowded with politicians over the weekend, here for a Connally reception Friday at the Commodore Perry and en route to his Floresville barbeque Saturday. At one political cocktail party a Houston conservative in the legislature said Democrats of all shades “from John Birchers to radicals” were present at the reception. No fistfights were reported in the whole area, a surprisingly development. On the last big political weekend in Austin one House member threw his shoe at a foe standing only 20 feet away and later hit a refrigerator out of sheer ideological frustration . . . Major topics of conversation, other than the statewide races, were Turman’s defeat by Smith and the changed complexion of the next state Senate. f o ol A well-known newsman for a Houston paper won an interesting $100 bet on the governor’s race. He was to get $20 for every candidate who finished ahead of Teddy Walker. Walker finished -sixth in the six-man field . . . Rep. Byron Tunnell’s claims on speakership pledges are generally considered valid; he is all but sworn-in as the next speaker. Some House members in the antiTunnell faction believe the -Tunnell conservatives will wage an all-out fight to rescind certain House rules adopted in the last session setting forth a modified seniority system on committee appointments. frof Al Otten of the Wall Street Journal predicted that “hardcore” Texas liberals will support Jack Cox in Noverrher. . . . The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reiterated its criticism of possible liberal defectors to Cox. “The question is whether those who are spearheading the ‘scratch Connally’ move will be regarded as great upholders of liberal principle or merely as bad losers” and whether “the basic reason for the desire to defeat Mr. Connally is to eliminate or weaken him as a potential challenger for Sen. Yarborough’s position in 1964.” . . . The Corpus Christi Caller-Times also repeated its editorial warning to defectors. The price of party desertion, the paper said, “would be reduction of their faction’s voice in the Democratic state and presidential conventions in 1964.” . . Some workers in the Don Yarborough campaign, now actively boosting Cox,are circulating literature with reproductions of news articles on the “CIO-Red” ad in the El Campo Leader-News, David Copeland’s statement \(see front ton Chronicle, Connally’s “record outlay” in the Dallas News, Henry Gonzalez’ complaint about the faked post cards from a Chronicle story, an anti-Connally column from the Kountze News, and a letter in the Observer. goir Stuart Long took a survey of the 31 Democratic nominees to the Texas Senate and made the “flat prediction” that the sales tax will neither be repealed nor drastically revised by the ’63 legislature. A “strong working majority” of new senators declared they would not vote to repeal. including three who voted against the sales tax when it passed. Only one nominee said he would vote to repeal. 1000 Republicans will run 86 can didates for the House and 15 for the Senate in the general election. One senator. George Moffett of Chillicothe, has a GOP opponent with the same name, only different spelling: Mrs. Ginny Moffitt of Wichita Falls. V The Observer understands from homestate sources that Bob Wheeler, well-travelled Texas liberal, is having trouble keeping his government job in Washington after alleged private criticism of a certain high-ranking Texas politician.
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