Hippies turned away at Bush dinner A wealthy Houston iconoclast paid a fat sum to buy two tickets at the head table for the George Bush dinner in Houston which featured Interior Secretary Wally Hickel. The puckish fellow then passed on his exclusive tickets to two young hippie friends. His friends were denied admission, alas, their tickets notwithstanding. Sen. John Tower, R.-Tex., is chairman of the U.S. Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, which hands out campaign money to GOP senatorial candidates. As of reports a month before the election, Tower had given George Bush $72,000, compared to only $5,000 for Charles E. Goodell, the liberal Republican senator from New York. Challenged by, among others, Sens. Mark Hatfield, R.-Ore., and Edward Brooke, R.-Mass., Tower said he considers a candidate’s “electability,” G.O.P. organizational support, and access to other funds, as well as the amount of money being spent against him. Tower said Lyndon Johnson and John Connally are raising big wads of dough for Lloyd Bentsen. On Oct. 6, the committee met, and Hatfield said Tower had shown that his distributions were more equitable as of that date. A new report will be filed Oct. 24. Post endorses Bush The Houston Post, traditionally a part of the state’s monolithic big press establishment, has broken away somewhat to endorse hometown Congressman Bush over hometowner Bentsen in the Senate race. Although Post owner Oveta Culp Hobby served in the Republican Eisenhower cabinet, the Post has traditionally aligned with the state’s conservative Democratic heirarchy. In a local congressional race, the Post has endorsed darkhorse Republican Art Busch, a Rice University ecologist, over incumbent Cong. Bob Casey, darling of N.A.S.A. and Houston business circles. The other Houston paper, the Chronicle, has remained in the tory Democratic fold, supporting Bentsen and Gov. Preston Smith. In Dallas, the Dallas Times Herald heaped praise on both Bentsen and Bush, and then declined to endorse either. The Dallas Morning News, true to its tradition in state politics, is supporting Bentsen, Smith and Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, all Democrats. Apparently feeling their impact, Bentsen opened fire recently on the Democratic Rebuilding Committee and urged Republican Bush to repudiate them. Political intelligence Bush ignored the charge. Bentsen called the committee which is made up of Yarborough liberals who oppose him a “little pack of jackals” and “ultra-liberal muckrakers and scandal-mongers.” He said the committee was Republican financed. The Rebuilders responded by challenging Bentsen to a joint independent audit of both the Democratic Rebuilding Committee and the Bentsen spring and fall campaigns. Bentsen did not accept. The Democratic Rebuilding Committee chalked up another direct hit when Archer Fullingim pointed out that although Lloyd Bentsen has been asking why George Bush isn’t demanding lower interest rates, at least four of the five banks controlled by Bentsen’s hcilding company, Lincoln Consolidated, have failed to follow the lead of several large banks in lowering prime interest rates. The Young Democrats’ state executive committee, meeting in Lubbock, drummed the North Texas State University Y.D. chapter out of the state organization after the Denton group repudiated the state Democratic ticket, endorsed Republican Paul Eggers for ‘By golly, Lloyd, you’re right. The jackals ARE snapping around the edges of the campaign’ governor, and rearranged its chapter officer structure in a way which, according to state Y.D. president Ron Clower of Dallas, was unconstitutional. The N.T.S.U. group contends the expulsion itself is unconstitutional \(that is, under the Y.D. it. Bombers at large Two weeks after the second bombing of KPFT-FM in Houston, the F.B.I. had yet to enter the case. U.S. Dist. Atty. Anthony J. P. Farris requested an F.B.I. investigation after three broadcast biggies confronted him in his Houston office to find out why no action had been taken. Appealing on behalf of the Pacifica Radio affiliate were Willard E. Walbridge, chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters; William Kling of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and Rudy Hurwich, president of the Pacifica Foundation. The civil rights division of the Department of Justice must request an investigation before the F.B.I. can enter the case. The Houston Post broke the editorial silence on the bombings Oct. 11 in an editorial that called the sabotage “an act of barbarism.” “Any extremism that might be laid to Pacifica is pale indeed compared to that displayed by those attempting to destroy the station,” the Post said. ‘The Post’s Public Protector is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bombers. Houston Cong. George Bush condemned the act as “outrageous . against everything that this country stands for.” Houstonian Lloyd Bentsen, Bush’s Democratic opponent in the Senate race, was asked by the radio station to make a public condemnation of the bombing, but he declined to do so. Questioned about the bombing at a meeting of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Bentsen said he is against all bombings: KPFT manager Larry Lee speculates that the damage to the transmitter was done by “right wing terrorists.” Cops in Klan? America rallied on Oct. 10 in Houston and both Imperial Wizard Robert Shelton and local Klan leader Frank Converse praised Houston police chief October 30, 1970 9
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