Politicians with the March Elected officials joining the valley march in Austin included Sens. Aaron Franklin Spears of San Antonio, who, having run for attorney general and lost last spring, will not be a senator next year; Democratic nominees for the State Senate Barbara Jordan of Houston, Chet Brooks of Houston, Joe Bernal of San Antonio,and Oscar Mauzy of Dallas; State Reps. Bob Vale of San Antonio, Tom Bass of Houston, and Skeet Richardson of Fort Worth ; Democratic nominees for the Texas House, Frank Lombardino of San Antonio, Don Gladden of Fort Worth, Paul Moreno of El Paso, Lauro Cruz, Joe Allen, Glenn Vickery, Curtis Graves, Arthur Vance, and Rex Braun of Houuston. Cruz is the first Latin-American elected to the legislature from Houston. Miss Jordan and Graves were Negroes. Rep. Dewitt Hale of Corpus Christi was also present during the T.L.D. meeting and at the Capitol rally, but did not go forward to the platform. Four possible contenders for the liberal Democratic nomination for governor in 1968 were present, both in the march and the day before at a meeting of the. Texas Liberal Democrats \(attended by perhaps 200 partisans of the Spears, of course, is a leading contender. T.L.D. chairman Chris Dixie referred to Schwartz as a possibility to become “the first Jewish governor in the history of Texas” \(although Schwartz is interested in the U.S. district attorney’s job in Houstwice a candidate for governor, and Stanley Woods of Houston, once, were much in evidence; Yarborough plans to learn Spanish. Speaking of the march, Spears told T.L.D. that “whoever has put these people together in their natural alliances has performed the greatest service in Texas in the last 15 years.” The march, he said, “far surpasses anything I’ve ever thought of and anything I’ve ever done in the legislature.” At New Braunfels, he said, the lines were drawn on the minimum wage; but he had sponsored a minimum wage bill for several sessions, never getting past a committee hearing. He would march with the Valley strikers, he said, “to demonstrate that liberalism means something beneficial and is a worthy objective, a high calling.” Schwartz said he, too, came to march, “just to add another body to the Texans who are showing that they are willing to add themselves to somebody else’s cause.” the day before introducing it, Gonzalez went on, “If this is true, I cannot understand why the amendment was introduced in such haste and without prior consultation with the author of the bill or the HemisFair officials.” Gonzalez was House-side author of the same bill that Sen. John Tower introduced in the Senate. Tower told the Observer he asked Yarborough if he was going to introduce the Senate bill, and Yarborough said he had not been asked to. Tower asked him if he’d be offended if he, Tower, introduced it, and Yarborough said he would not, to go ahead. According to the San Antonio Express, Gonzalez said “that Republicans voted overwhelmingly against his bill in the House, and said Tower cannot gain Senate passage unaided. Gonzalez also said federal participation is dead unless Yarborough pushes the bill in the Senate.” A delegation of six San Antonians, led by HemisFair board chirman H. B. Zachry, called on Yarborough in Washington. called the HemisFair legislation “a raid on the federal treasury.” Sen. Tower wrote to Sen. William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, asking for early consideration of the bill. Fulbright has been known to tweak such legislation before. Yarborough was to have introduced Gonzalez Friday night, Sept. 9, at the appreciation dinner for Gonzalez, but cancelled out at the last minute. One explanation being given was the prospective presence of Waggoner Carr and the report that Gonzalez would be endorsing him. Gonzalez’ letter to Yarborough might be another explanation. V The San Antonio Express’ political column, “The Cock Pit,” led off Sunday after the appreciation dinner with the suggestion of a Democratic nominee facing Republican opposition, “who doesn’t figure Henry really faces realistic opposition from whatzisname running under the banner of the Conservative Party” in November Gonzalez “peel a couple of thousand off that bundle he collected Friday night” and give it to the Bexar County Democratic effort in November. “It doesn’t take a computer to figure,” the column said, “that the congressman will net around $10,000 from the Friday testimonial, a representative testimony. Couple that with Henry’s annual salary of $30,000 per and the $8,000 he netted from last December’s cocktail party, and Henry should have enough to finance a slam-bang campaign for re-election.” V Republicans cherish hopes of sweeping the board in the Dallas County legislative races, and three Texas GOP congressional entries are given at least even chances: George Bush in Harris County \(vs. Frank vs. In Houston Bush and Briscoe are trying to out-conservative each other. Bush officially opened his campaign saying “I firm 16 The Texas Observer ly endorse the concept of an Asian peace conference. Further involvement by the Asians themselves could lead to a peaceful settlement.” He pledged to support LBJ when he thinks it’s right, but, “the key issue is not who will support President Johnson when he is right, but who is free to oppose him when he’s wrong.” Miller is the Demo nominee after the withdrawal this summer of Cong. Walter Rogers, who was renominated in the May primary. Miller, 32, was Potter County DA and reportedly is a moderate. He was little known outside Amarillo in the district’s 30 counties. Pool, his political stock boosted in Dallas by his guiding the recent House Un-American Activities Committee, is facing attacks on the hearings by his Republican opponent. Collins may get labor’s endorsement. Pool’s bill is scheduled for House debate next week and Pool says it has “a very good chance of passage,” but the Senate probably will vote the measure down, should the House pass it. Pool in Dallas said a new group of left-wingers wants to end all U.S. aid to South Vietnam and is “preaching disobedience and disunity among the American people.” Assistant deputy U.S. attorney general Barefoot Sanders said in a Dallas interview that the Pool bill is unnecessary and described this assessment as the position of the Justice Department. “It’s bringing a mighty meat axe to deal with a very tiny problem,” he said of the measure, explaining that laws are on the books now to achieve the bill’s aims. In New York City the Veterans of Foreign Wars gave Pool a gold medal, a special citation, three loud -cheers, a standing ovation, an indoor parade, and renditions of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and “God Bless America.” Pool told the VFW that the HUAC “is now in its greatest hour.” V State Sen. George Parkhouse, Dallas, facing a tough fight with Republican 0. H. the endorsement committee of the Dallas AFL-CIO Council Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Harris may get the nod from labor. Parkhouse was honored at a Dallas testimonial dinner, with Lt. Gov. Preston Smith giving the principal tribute. V The looking ahead to 1968 state races continues. The Dallas News says that Lt. Gov. Preston Smith is saying he will run for governor then whether John Connally seeks reelection or not. Franklin Spears has been given a boost for 1968 in a column by H. M. Baggarly of the Tulia Herald, who also says Don Yarborough still merits consideration despite permitting “overly enthusiastic friends to talk him into running V Thirteen Texas members of the U.S. House have voted more conservatively so far this year than before, according to the ratings of the Americans for Constitutional Action. In the Senate John Tower fell to a 54%. ACA rating, compared to 99% for 1961-65.. Tower tells the Observer that sev
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