“Waggoner is a man of conviction, a man of honor, a man true to his word, an effective and a dedicated public servant.” Patman said the 23 members of the Texas delegation in the House “are 100% behind Waggoner Carr.” Gonzalez, introducing Carr, called him “the great standard bearer of the Democratic Party . . . the illustrious Waggoner Carr.” Reading, Carr said he was honored to have “today’s doers of Texas, Connally, Smith, Barnes, Gonzalez, Kazen, Fisher . . . the President from Texas, Lyndon Johnson, who has tonight again expressed his support . . . The state officials, the legislators, the city and state officials, assembled here tonight, are the giants of our time. The Texas Democratic Party stands united in purpose, united in action, from the courthouse to the White House, and we are confident of our victory.” Carr spoke of sound fiscal policy and conservative government. The state government operates pay-as-you-go, “and this is the Texas way, and I might say that if this can work in Texas, it can be made to work in Washington. .. . As a Texas Democrat, I will be listened to by the Democratic policymakers,” a statement, he said, no member of the minority party could make. He spoke of building a strong merchant marine industry and keeping the oil industry strong. “Mark this well,” he added, “mark this well The votes. I cast will be the votes of Waggoner Carr, United States Senator from Texas, and no one else. . . . I pledge to you that I will keep the faith, not for Waggoner Carr, not for the Democratic Party, but for a better tomorrow for all the people of Texas.” Not Carr, but Connally, was the final speaker. The Republicans, the governor said, are not so bad. “They’re all nice people, and they’re all nice men, I commend them for seeking public office. The only thing we have to be careful about is that we don’t go too far tomorrow.” The governor read a wire from the President to Carr that Ladybird and he, the President, would “cast two votes for you in the morning. Every good Democrat.. . will want to do the same, and we hope they all do.” .And for himself, the Governor said, “I have seen the integrity that is built in to Waggoner Carr,” and also his intelligence and courage; Carr had been “a help to me,” and to Smith and Barnes. With Carr they would again have service of the kind that Lyndon Johnson gave in the Senate: “he will carve a record there that all of you can be proud of. . . . I implore and beg of each of you,” the governor concluded, “that you go and exercise your privilege,” and vote. A million and a half did, but they went too far. R. D. Eckhardt Carries on a Tradition This article on Bob Eckhardt, long a devoted Texas liberal, was written by Marge Crumbaker in the Houston Post, after Eckhardt’s election to Congress this month. Bob Eckhardt is a Texan to the core. . His great grandfather, Robert J. Kleto Texas in 1834 and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. Kleberg’s son was in the U.S. Congress. His grandson was in the U.S. Congress. And now Eckhardt, his great-grandson, will carry on the tradition. It’s a family habit, getting elected to the House of Representatives. Eckhardt’s uncle on his mother’s side was also a congressman. “He was a Republican named Harry Wurzbach,” commented Eckhardt in that vibrant and warm voice which never, never rushes words. Eckhardt isn’t a tailor’s dream. His suits don’t fit. An astute attorney who combs his hair with his hands, he wears bow ties, fiddles with his ears, rubs his nose, and is smart as a fox. Close friends say he waits until the last minute, then pours on the coal. “Bob is always on cloud nine,” an associate disclosed. “He is an idealist. But he gets the message across. Bob can hibernate for months, then strike like lightning. “He looks like he’s asleep half the time but every minute he is thinking ‘what can I do to help the people.’ I’ve never known a man who is as concerned about the working man as Bob. Probably because ow Bob hates work so much. He really cares and he doesn’t have to. He is wellfixed and doesn’t have to hit a lick at a snake.” “Bob goes through the gate and closes out the world. He walks around and looks up at the sky and plots good government,” said one of his enemies, who admitted 6 The Texas Observer there isn’t anything bad to say about Eckhardt. A woman who once worked on an early Eckhardt campaign said: “Bob waits till the last bell has rung then he charges. I remember once we said, ‘Bob, get up off your fannie and go shake hands or something or you’ll lose this election’ and he said, ‘Well hell, we’ve got three whole days.’ Well, he did get a move on. We didn’t see him for 72 hours and when we finally found him he was sitting on a street corner, beard grown out, dirty as all get-out. He’d been out hammering up his posters and shaking hands on a non-stop basis. He won.” Eckhardt says his political philosophy is much closer to that of President Johnson than Bob Casey’s [another Houston congressman.] Texarkana, Tex. There may be national implications in Winthrop Rockefeller’s election as governor of Arkansas. Questioned after the election on whether he might be selected for a nomination for national office, Rockefeller replied that it would depend on the record he made as governor. The point is, he doesn’t find the idea either weird or distasteful. After all, he is a Rockefeller a political dynasty suddenly coming into its own. He is from the South, good for ticket balancing. He is a moderate on race or liberal, if you wish. His name on the ticket would assure New York brother Nelson’s wholehearted support, almost no matter who headed the ticket. All this despite Win Rockefeller’s lack of oratorical fire one perceptive reporter said he is “about as articulate as a tree stump.” What is more interesting, Rockefeller’s “I’ve been a New Dealer, a Fair Dealer and a member of the Great Society,” Eckhardt said, “And I hope to be in the mainstream of the Democratic party activities in Washington.” His wife Nadine is one of his great assets. She is lovely and enjoys the political life. “Nadine is good at politics,” Eckhardt -said. “She advised me to .keep my mouth shut. Best advice I ever got.” Eckhardt promises to be one of the nation’s most colorful congressmen. He says there will be harmony between himself, Casey and Bush. “Like hell there will be,” said a man who resides in the 8th District. “Bob Eckhardt is a real Texas maverick who will never stand hitched beside a Republican or a conservative Democrat.” election may be one more harbinger of Democratic trouble in the South. The Republican gains in Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas, as well as the Georgia mess, probably are related. It is apparent that liberals and Negroes who usually vote Democratic had a hand in these races. In Arkansas, out of a half-million votes cast, Rockefeller beat Johnson by about 48,000. More than 90% of the 60,000 Negro ballots went for the Republican, some boxes turning in totals like 338-5 and 188-0. In other Southern states except Alabama, the candidate that outsegged the other, whether Democrat ‘or Republican, lost. The Negro vote proved crucial in several races. \( Even Mississippi Jim Eastland’s Republican opponent out-segged If Arkansas tells us anything, it is that the Democrats are in trouble. For not only was Rockefeller elected, but one Republi ARKANSAS AND BEYOND 1
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