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MULLIKIN, Managing Director 312 South Houston Political Intelligence Some Closed-Circuit Politicking V James Wechsler warns, in the New York Post, that a Dean Rusk-backed plan to reorganize the chief of the State Department’s bureau of security and consular affairs, Abba Schwartz, out of his post will lead to an explosion in the liberal community. ‘ Wechsler doubts President Johnson knows of the matter and blames Presidential aide Marvin Watson. V Last fall the board of directors of the Texas Nurses’ Assn., acting without specific authorization from the nurses who are its membership, endorsed the four-year term for Texas governors, the proposal which, of course, subsequently was re jected by the voters. Nurses wrote TNA angrily objecting. Mrs. Marie-Louise Ranzau, San Antonio, the T.N.A. presi dent, has now replied, saying the board had had a thorough discussion. “Nurses are not politicians, so TNA has a legislative con sultant,” said Mrs. Ranzau; she didn’t say who the consultant was. “In the future, as in the past,” Mrs. Ranzau said, the board will try to consult with the entire mem bership, except “when time does not permit.” 10 The Texas Observer Mrs. Ranzau mentioned in her letter that “Governor Connally appointed” a member of TNA to the board of nurse examiners. Evidently she meant that by working with Connally on four-year terms they had made this progress, but she did not say that she meant this: i Texas Klan Grand Dragon Royce Mc Phail of Crockett resigned because, he said, the Klan is “bent on violence.” He said 400 Klansmen would quit with him. Spokesmen still in the Texas Klan denied it is “bent on violence.” McPhail recently spoke at the University of Texas and was received coldly. V Gov. John C. Connally and more than 200 of his campaign field leaders met for three hours in Austin’s Driskill Hotel this month. Jon Ford of the San Antonio Express reported that the meeting concerned strategy against liberal-labor forces hoping to take gains in big-city precinct meetings in May. V Connally and Joe Kilgore quietly vis ited McAllen to talk with allies there. Waitresses at the motel where the meeting took place were instructed to keep the governor’s presence secret. g o o , After a spur-of-the-moment press conference, Connally invited the statehouse press to remain in his office for an off-the-record “background briefing.” Associated Press chief of bureau Garth Jones told Connally that he could not listen without writing, so Jones left, along with David Anderson of United Press International. Ten reporters stayed, and the talk lasted for more than an hour. What was said, and the fact that it was said at all, remained out of the daily press, except for a shadowy hint in a Sunday column by Sam Wood of the Austin American-Statesman.. Stuart Long, who runs an independent capitol news bureau, wasn’t there \(one of his carried an item about the session, followed by an item about Connally’s dissatisfaction with federal controls over 0E0 projects in the state. V Stanley C. Woods, the reform Demo crat candidate for governor, met this month with Calhoun County tax officials about $82,630 in back taxes on gas wells partly owned by his company. Woods said that he and his company owe some $40,000 of that, and the agencies \(county coma study to determine the exact liability. The commissioners and the school district said, through a lawyer, that Woods’ company was in trusteeship. Woods said the trusteeship freed him from conflict-ofinterest charges in his political race and that his tax obligations should be cleared up within a year. The Phone Bill v Lt. Gov. Preston Smith selected Hous ton as test city for a new campaign tactic. He planned to install himself in a hotel room for three days of talks, by appointment, with business, professional and trade associations. Realtors, teachers, homebuilders, nurses, engineers, laundry and dry cleaning operators, insurance men, motel operators, and podiatrists were to meet with Smith in Houston, and similar sessions were planned for Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio. V House Speaker Ben Barnes said he pays $325 a month for the wide area fice, not the $815 per month which Smith pays for unlimited in-state telephone service to his office. Smith’s primary election opponent, Rep. Bill Hollowell, said Smith was letting “certain senators” make campaign calls free of charge on the lieutenant governor’s line, but Smith denied it. V Crawford Martin, candidate for at torney general, resigned as secretary of state and was replaced promptly by Houston lawyer John Hill, who managed Gov. Connally’s campaign in Harris County in 1964. At a leave-taking ceremony in Martin’s office, Connally said he knew of no more dedicated public servant than
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