ci V It can be stated, without any doubt, that President Kennedy has said in private recently that he wants Lyndon Johnson on the ticket with him next year. poor Apparently relying on sources just as definite as the Observer’s, the Washington Post reported that “it can be said” that Kennedy still wants Johnson on the ticket. The Post said, “While his [Johnson’s] strength in Texas may be less than in the past, he continues to be so strong there that the state would be lost to the party if he were dumped next year, Democratic politicians believe.” V But there is a question whether John son may be purged, charged Republican Sen. Thruston Morton of Kentucky. “There are some funny things going on in Washington,” Morton said in Baltimore. “The Secretary of the Navy [Fred Korth] left town rather hurriedly. Lyndon Johnson’s boy Bobby Baker [secretary of the Senate majority] resigned. Now I wonder if Lyndon is expecting the purge. I -don’t think Lyndon expects it, but it might happen.” V Clark Mollenhoff of the Des Moines Register reported in a copyrighted story that Korth acknowledged in a court deposition last year that he was recommended for a business deal in 1955, which brought him more than $250,000 profit in insurance stock, by a high official of the General Dynamics Corp., which got the controverted TFX contract. The insurance deal was promoted by B. F. Biggers of Dallas. Korth wrote, on Secretary of Navy stationery, many letters having to do with his private interests. These found their way into the files of Senate investigators. For an example, in ‘1962, Korth wrote to an official of the Fort Worth bank, Continental National, in which he served as president before he became Secretary of the Navy, that he would have “a little party aboard the Sequoia,” his official yacht, and wondered whether the bank official, other friends, and “some extra good customers” might be coming through at that time. In his defense, Korth let it out that he has sold 5000 of his 5200 shares of the bank stock, his public service has been so costly to him. Reports from Washington indicated that the Administration, taking into account the mishaps as to other Texans in Washington, are reconsidering whether to approve Larry Jones of Dallas as federal maritime administrator. Jones has been a supporter of the Vice President’s. V The question of Johnson and Baker was taken up by Washington columnist Mary McGrory: “Nobody knows how [Baker] feels about his present plight, nor if he worries about its possible effect on his most prominent patron, Vice Presi dent Johnson. Theirs was a close relation 10 The Texas Observer `Man, It Looks Like a Real Old-Fashioned Hallowe’en’ ship. Bobby was the Johnson right-hand man not only in the Senate, but in the 1960 campaign.” Baker has now formally denied the charges against him, which are in effect that he sold his influence to get vending machine contracts for aero-space contracts and then went back on such an agreement. The Washington Post has traced the fact that Baker’s $125,000 home was sold to his last partner in May by the mammoth gas pipeline company, Tennessee Gas Transmission Co., and has discovered that the deed of trust to the home’s current owner is not recorded in the District of Columbia land records office. V Followers of the Americans for Consti its latest ratings on Texas congressmen instructive; followers of the Americans too, in opposite ways. Considering Texans on selected votes the’ first eight months of 1963, ACA ranks the Texans this way: Tower, Alger, Foreman, 100%; Pool, 87; Dowdy, Fisher, Casey, 80; Burleson and Kilgore, 67; Mahon, 47; Rogers, 43; Beckworth; 40; Poage, Roberts, and Teague, 33; Purcell, 20; Wright, 8; Thomas, 7; Yarborough, Brook s, Gonzalez, Patman, Thompson, Thornberry, and Young, 0. V Yarborough voted yes, Tower no, on the college aid bill as it passed the Senate. Patman let go another blast at the Internal Revenue Service for not cracking down on tax-exempt foundations. Gonzalez broke his usual liberal stride to oppose the wheat sale to Russia, mentioning the price of tortillas in Texas. He also called for federal protection of civil rights demonstrators in the South. Tower’s Cause V Sen. Tower has been felt out about running for vice-president on a ticket with someone other than Goldwater, but has declined, regarding the Goldwater cause as the higher one, Bob Hollingsworth reports to the Times-Herald from Washington. V Sen. Tower said he had nothing to hide about the fact that he and Mrs. Tower were guests for two days on a cruise as he made a speech to a trade association and accepted payment of his expenses by the New York Savings Bank Assn. V The Republican establishment is having a little trouble controlling things the way they would like to. George Bush is their candidate for the U.S. Senate. They figure they can take Dr. Milton Davis, the Dallas surgeon ; but they mortally fear Jack Cox, the Houston vote-getter, entering the primary. This, they figure, would attract a lot of tory Democrats into their primary, and they might lose Bush. Cox continues turning up at GOP rallies in Houston, running Goldwater for president. At one such rally last month, he said, “Kennedy must take the responsibility for racial warfare. He is an instrument of evil, turning American against American.” V Tarrant County GOP chairman John Edwards says 1,000 people have volunteered to work for the GOP in the county in the 1964 campaigns. . . . John Knaggs, UP,I Austin reporter, has become the GOP’s state PR director. . . . A 20-county East Texas rally for Goldwater will be held in Tyler Dec. 6. . . . National Y.R. chairman Donald E. Lukens has finished a tour of Texasto Amarillo, Austin, Corpus, Houston, and Dallas. To What Extent? V Eugene Locke, state Democratic chair man, says, “I don’t think there’s been a drain-out from the Democratic Party toward the Republican Party. .. . Of course, the Republican organization has gotten stronger. To what extent, I don’t know. You have a Republican Party organization now, and Republicans elected. Dallas has a twoparty situation. But I think there are a lot more Democrats than there are Republicans in Texas.” Locke believes Goldwater would run better in Texas than Rockefeller, but Rockefeller would get teamster votes, which Goldwater would not. V Texas Democratic national committee man Byron Skelton, Temple, takes the position that Kennedy can beat Goldwater in Texas and that Goldwater would be the easiest GOP nominee to beat nationally. The old GOP pros are too smart to nominate Goldwaterthey know he’d lose, Skelton says. V What is the Dallas News up to, with its editorial editor Dick West low rating Goldwater on WFAA? West slam med Goldwater around for saying he believes “world government is inevitable,” admitting he would use federal soldiers to enforce school integration decisions, favor ing letting more Chinese and Koreans in Political Intelligence
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