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Rep. Wilson’s job orders Austin Two of eleven job orders from the office of Congressman Charles Wilson of Lufkin in. 1973 specified that young, single white women were wanted for employment. One also said that the woman to be hired should be “good-looking.” Wilson acknowledges his responsibility for these job orders, but he points out that instead of hiring a white receptionist, as one of the orders had specified, he hired a black woman, and that his congressional staff of 15 persons now includes three blacks and a Mexican-American. LAST YEAR Wayne Johnson, a legislative intern in the office of Congressman Jack Brooks of Beaumont, noticed discriminatory specifications on a number of congressional job orders, made copies of the orders, and took them to Francie Barnard, a Washington reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who has since married Bob Woodward, one of the two leading Watergate reporters on the Washington Post. She reported in the Star-Telegram that 19 congressmen and one senator had discriminatory specifications on their job orders. However, Johnson did not show the reporter the forms from Wilson’s office. He said he told her about them, but did not give them to her, and her story did not refer to Wilson. “I thought he was innocent,” Johnson said. Told of this remark, Wilson said, “He didn’t think I was innocent, he knew I was, because the black receptionist in my office had taken Babe Schwartz and him to my apartment.” In advance of the story breaking about the hiring practices, State Senator Schwartz and Johnson had called on Wilson at his office, and Wilson had them taken for a tour of his apartment by the black receptionist he had hired. The story broke in August, 1974. In October, Johnson telephoned Wilson long distance from Austin to Washington to talk about the job orders. Johnson said that Wilson told him at this time that he, Wilson, was responsible for the job orders and defended his wish to hire a white receptionist. Johnson said that he then decided to give the job orders to the first reporter who asked, on the basis of reports circulating in Texas, whether any more of them existed. The Observer asked. On Mar. 27, 1973, a Wilson job order placed with the congressional office of placement and office management for a caseworker asked for a single female 24 to 30 years old, “white.” On Sept. 4, 1973, another Wilson job order, this one for a receptionist, specified that the person wanted should be a single female 23 to 30 years old, “white good looking.” Johnson said that, when he was working in the office of placement, he saw a third discriminatory order from Wilson’s office, but he did not have a copy. Wilson said he had heard there was a third one, but had not seen it. “This is the story,” Wilson told the Observer. “The job orders were written by someone at the placement office. I didn’t write [them] , and my administrative assistant didn’t.” Wilson’s administrative assistant is Charles Simpson. Had Simpson specified to the placement office that whites, in one case good-looking, were wanted? “If he did it,” Wilson said, “he did it because he thought I wanted him to.” Had Wilson told Simpson to specify whites? “I don’t recall ever saying that, although it is reasonable that I could have,” Wilson said. “I have never had a black visitor from my district, and it is possible that I said to my administrative assistant that it might be preferable that our receptionist be white.” Wilson’s office actually recruited not a white, but a black woman, Betty Grigsby, as his receptionist. “I changed my mind at my administrative assistant’s urging,” Wilson said. The black woman was hired before Wilson knew anything about the forthcoming exposure of the discriminatory job orders, he said. Grigsby told Wilson, after she had been working for him a while, that she had been working in the placement office earlier, had seen the racial specifications on the forms from his office, and had had her doubts about accepting his offer because of them. Wilson knew the forms were valid because Ms. Grigsby told him, “Wayne’s right, they’re there.” The two job orders from Wilson’s office named Simpson as the “person to see.” Johnson, assuming that Simpson was the responsible person, said that, in his October phone conversation with Wilson, he asked him to fire Simpson and that Wilson replied that he could not because Simpson was a good man and “he was following my orders. I told him that.” Johnson said that he asked Wilson why he did it and that Wilson replied, “If black congressmen can hire black secretaries, why can’t I hire white ones?” WILSON stated that it was his information that “there were dozens of similar applications from black congressmen in which they said ‘black.’ I am a white congressman with a black receptionist. I know of none of the 17 blacks [in Congress] that has a white one.” He said the idea of firing Simpson, who had managed campaigns for John Kennedy and Ralph Yarborough in Lufkin, was “ridiculous.” “I will admit all my sins ever in thinking that way,” Wilson said. 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