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THE TEXAS OBSERVER Texas Observer Co., Ltd. 1967 A Journal of Free Voices A Window to the South 61st YEARESTABLISHED 1906 Vol. LIX, No. 23 7 Nov. 24, 1967 He’ll run for the second spot, probably facing his main challenge from the left, in the persons of either Don Gladden, the Fort Worth representative, Spears, and-or State Sen. Joe Bernal, San Antonio. A possible conservative entrant is Martin Dies, Jr. who has been approached by emissaries of organized labor \(in the hope that Dies would split the non-liberal Atty. Gen. Crawford Martin, who has been mentioned briefly in gubernatorial talk, says he’ll run for reelection. Republicans had been forthright in saying they didn’t want a divisive primary in ’68; this meant that understandings were to be reached so that, insofar as possible, there would be no collisions of major Republican candidates in any one race, state or local. The Connally decision has made such considerations secondary. Now Republicans believe they have a chance to win the governor’s race in 1968 particularly if the liberals win the Demo primary, as is now more possible. So, the GOP leaders evidently now feel, they should work to attract conservatives in the spring with a free-for-all primary and hope for a liberal victory in the Democratic primary that would add more voters to the Republican ranks in the fall. Eleven names, including chairman Peter O’Donnell’s and Tower’s, are being mentioned for the GOP race. The other nine are Cong. George Bush, Jim Collins \( the Dallas man who nearly beat Cong. al committeeman Albert Fay, Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson, Pampa Cong. Bob Price, former Atty. Gen. Will Wilson, and Fort Worth attorney Sproesser Wynn. G.O. Connally’s Press Conference Following is an excerpted transcript of the Connally press conference of Nov. 10, when the governor announced he would not seek reelection. The transcript was taken from a tape recording made by Austin radio station KOKE and is here published by the courtesy of that station. Due to a few interruptions for station breaks and comments by a KOKE announcer, not all the conference is recorded here, but the omissions are few. Where the omissions occur could not be determined by listening to the tape, as the recording was shut off during breaks. The questions of reporters are italicized; where quotation marks are used the question is phrased exactly as the reporter asked it; where there are no quotation marks the Observer has paraphrased the question. never known more economic, social, and political stability than it now possesses. And I am grateful for having had a role in this era of progress. 0 u r achievements notwithstanding, Texas remains a state of dramatic change and challenge. The years ahead unquestionably will be demanding ones for its leadership. I have reluctantly concluded that after the drain of what will have been eight years of vigorous public service I no longer can be assured in my own mind that I could bring to the office for another two years the enthusiasm, the resilience, the patience that my conscience would demand and the state would deserve. I therefore do not intend to be a candidate for reelection as governor of Texas. I cannot fully express Mrs. Connally’s Austin CONNALLY: Over an extended period of time I have carefully considered my possible candidacy for another elective term as governor of Texas. When I first asked the people of Texas for their support in 1962, I said I hoped to provide some degree of leadership, to help our state meet and deal with the complex problems of a fast-changing era. I said then and since then that the office of chief executive of this state demands the highest degree of capacity, of dedication, and vitality. And I have said numerous times during my administration that if and when the time comes that I had a n y hesitancy whatsoever over whether I could bring those qualities to the task in abundant measure I would step aside. I always have felt deeply that to give less than all, both physically and mentally, to the office is to do disservice to the office. I have great pride in Texas and its people. I have equal pride in what we have been able to achieve in the past five years. No chief executive in the history of this state ever has had the benefit of more generous, universal support. Because of our united efforts, Texas has never been more prosperous, and has Incorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorported the State Week and Austin ForumAdvocate. We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. 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