any service rendered or performed during the time he is governor, or to be thereafter rendered or performed.” This is a sweeping prohibition, and a very strict one. Being the executor of a person’s will is not holding a corporate office, however. Receiving compensation for being executor of a will would be receiving compensation “from any person or corporation,” ‘I have performed no services or received any compensation’ ” during the time he was governor, Christian reported back to the Observer. The constitutional prohibition rules out the governor receiving any such compensation, during the time he holds the governorship, for services “during the time he is governor, or to be thereafter rendered or performed,” but does. not appear to prohibit the governor maintain Thus has Texas’ 37th governor continued as an independent executor of a hundred million dollar estate without apparent trespass against a strict constitutional prohibition against a governor having an economic conflict of interest. Connally indicated to Jon Ford of the San Antonio Expres that he does not want to run for further public office after another term as governor. He and Mrs. Con and for this reason the Observer asked ing a connection without rendering sernally sold their Fort Worth home for Connally, through his press secretary, vices which he may, after he is no longer $50,000 on August 7, 1963, and are build George Christian, if the governor had re governor, activate again in return for com ing a new home on their Wilson County ceived any such compensation. “He says, pensation. ranch. R.D. A Key to May 2nd: The GOP Turnout i/r A most important “X factor” in Satur day’s election will be the size of the turnout in the Republican primary, as compared to the 116,000 total in 1962. Republicans and liberals generally want a big GOP vote. Peter O’Donnell, the GOP chairman, predicted 300,000; George Bush, a Senate candidate, 250,000; but Robert Morris, another Senate candidate, says he fears that Gordon McLendon’s appeal to conservatives to vote for him against Sen. Yarborough in the Democratic primary may cut the turnout to 200,000. JaCk Cox, a third Senate candidate, has the most to gain of the four GOP contenders against Sen. Yarborough according to the theory that Cox has the largest following in the electorate. Cox’ radio spots and campaign oratory have settled into a definite line: that all voters can do in the Democratic primary is endorse the national administration and the civil rights bill; that they should vote Republican \(and for Cox, he no chance, so conservatives might as well vote Republican. McLendon has declaimed that if Republicans want to elect the two Yarboroughs, they should vote in the GOP primary, because that will. He has said those who propose to vote in the GOP primary are plunking for a two-party system six months too early. Sen. Yarborough has called this pitch politically immoral on grounds that voters in a primary are morally bound to support its nominees. Don Yarborough says he won’t shed too many tears if Republicans vote Republican May 2. The logic of the situation extends into other forums of political dispute. The Dallas Morning News editorializes that conservatives should vote Democratic May 2, for McLendon and Gov. Connally; “Now, after you’ve done that, and if you lose,” Dick West, the News’ chief editorialist, said over WFAA, “if your conservative Democratic candidate loses to a liberal Democratyou are free in November to vote for the Republican candidate against the liberal Democrat.” Gen. Preston Weatherred, the business lobbyist who mails out his letter “To: Interested Parties,” takes this approach too. Until the “Lodge Write-in” got started last week, the lowering of estimates of the GOP turn-out seemed to be in order. However, Republican spokesmen have declared that Lodge forces zre quietly organizing write-in drives in the Republican areas of the big cities. Morris said even a fair Lodge showing could badly hurt Goldwater nationally; Cox said he understands the Lodge drive will be stepped up in the closing days. Albert Fay, GOP national committeeman from Texas, said the formation of a “Committee for a Strong Republican Primary” was a warning flag for Goldwater forces in Texas. “Goldwater forces will not be deluded into voting in the Democratic primary to save some particular candidate,” Fay said. Tongues are in cheeks on this subject, of course, but no one can be sure whether a Lodge write-in really might menace Goldwater. Some Republicans have suspected that liberal Democrats are behind at least some of the Lodge activity, and they are correct. Such circumstances, however, obviously do not allay Goldwater people’s fears that Lodge might get a good write-in total. Don Yarborough, happily exacerbating the Goldwater conservatives’ dilemma, said in San Antonio that if Lodge gets 50% of Goldwater’s total, “Goldwater will be badly damaged,” and Lodge might even out-poll Goldwater. Lodge activity whether by Lodge or Yarborough partisansis reported to the Observer in several major cities and a few smaller ones. Structurally, of courseapart from who wins whatthe issue on the line is whether the Democratic or the Republican party will be the principal vehicle of conservatism in Texas and by extension whether the Democratic Party will be liberal or conservative. Ralph vs. Gordon vf The Dallas News story quoting Billy Sol Estes’ statement he gave Sen. Yarborough $50,000 cash in 1960, having been denounced by Sen. Yarborough as “an infamous lie,” was reproduced and mailed out of Dallas by a party or parties who did not sign the reprint. Sen. Yarborough’s copy of the Observer’s editorial last issue and our report, “An Accusation and an papers from the bankruptcy of Liberty Broadcasting Co., one of which bore Gordon McLendon’s signature \(he was the McLendon denies he went bankrupt, meaning, probably, that it was a corporation, not he personally, that went bankrupt in 1952. George Bush, GOP Senate candidate, said he didn’t know if the $50,000 story was true, but Sen. Yarborough had to be brought to judgment for his relationships with Estes. Bush said Jack Cox, another GOP candidate for the Senate, admitted he was on “Estes’ canteloupe list,” took a $325 campaign contribution from him, and used his plane. Cox said Bush was tearing down the GOP, and Robert Morris, also running for the GOP nomination, wondered why Bush would bring that up. Bush said Cox couldn’t hold Yarborough accountable on Estes since Cox had been helped by Estes, too. In this atmosphere, having been endorsed by the Texas Jaycees as an outstanding personage may be becoming a political liability. Cox said Bush knows Estes received “the same high honor from the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce that he himself had received previously.” Dan Sullivan, candidate for congressman -` at-large, said the Dallas News interview was “a smear effort against one of the greatest senators this state has ever had,” UPI reported. A week after the original May 1, 1964 7
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