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Wilson thought that the remark about race might have been made by his staff person to the placement office only once. “Those people put down what you want,” he said, and he guessed the “white” specification on the second form had been done at the placement office’s own instance. “I would just bet everything it was never said twice,” Wilson said. \(However, the job order for the caseworker What about the “good-looking” specification? “Number one,” Wilson said, “I prefer good-looking women to ugly ones. Number two, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t want an attractive receptionist. ‘Attractive’ is what we said. We don’t mean just physically attractive. You want an attractive person both physically and personally to be the person who greets your constituents when they come into your office and tries to make them feel important.” Wilson said “we have searched for minorities” to nominate for the military academies, but usually black youths don’t want to go to them, and the one Mexican-American he had nominated changed his mind about going. His legislative interns have included “three Jews and two Arabs,” but no blacks. He said he asked Wayne Johnson to take charge, at the University of Texas at Austin where Johnson is a student, of securing a black intern for him, but had not heard from him about it. \(“You pick him, I’ll hire him,” Wilson told Johnson; but, Johnson said, he had told Wilson that he did not want to be put in that position; that Wilson had Tims as his field representative in East Texas and that he, Johnson, knew no one at UT in Wilson’s “The only people under-represented in my office,” Wilson said, “are rednecks like myself.” In the Texas Legislature, Wilson added, he and Barbara Jordan had helped a black get into the UT law school, and Wilson was helping black students get jobs “all the time in the Legislature.” INEZ TIMS has long been regarded as one of the most influential black political figures in East Texas. Wilson said that when he hired Tims, he told him that “his politics was his business.” For instance, Wilson supported Ben Barnes for governor, but Tims did not. Tims was the principal witness in a lawsuit in Lufkin designed to re-district the city to provide for the single-district election of six members of the city council attorney in this case, David Richards, says Tims is “the superest guy I’ve ever met in my life,” a black who has somehow survived in the racist system as a political activist without becoming totally cynical. The lawsuit was won and will, if successful on appeal, practically assure the election of two black members to the Lufkin city council. Wilson said he explained to incensed local officials that he left Tims free to pursue his own politics without constraints from Wilson. “He spends all his time, when I’m not in a campaign, organizing the black community in East Texas,” helping blacks With social security, old age, and veterans’ problems, Wilson said. And, for good measure, Wilson threw in, “I replaced John Dowdy, the worst racist ever sent to Congress.” Asked if there were any votes on civil rights in Congress to which he might wish to call attention, Wilson said he was “one of the very few people from the rural South” who voted against the 1974 Holt amendment, which would have prohibited the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from requiring schools to furnish statistical information on race and sex as a condition of getting federal funds. \(This \(On April 13 the Houston Post published various interest groups’ ratings of Texas congresspersons for the 1974 session of Congress. Congressional Quarterly said Wilson voted “pro-Nixon” 55% of the time, “anti-Nixon” 26%, “pro-Ford” 57%, and “anti-Ford” 35%. Americans for Democratic Action said Wilson voted in accordance with ADA’s views 39% of the time; Americans for Constitutional Action approved of 40% of his votes; he voted in agreement with the AFL-CIO’s COPE 80% of the time. In the case of the organizations, of course, the percentage depends on the votes selected for inclusion The stories last August about discriminatory congressional hiring practices, based on the zeroxed job orders Wayne Johnson provided, concerned, in part, job orders for offices of two Texas congressmen. A job order dated Feb. 26, 1974, for the office of Ray Roberts of Wichita Falls, asked for a young male clerk-typist and added he should be “Ambitious No Dummies. Driver’s License No minorities.” An aide to Roberts told a reporter at the time that no blacks were employed in Roberts’ Washington office. Roberts told a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald that “the charges were a hoax” and that he had been told by the director of the placement office that the cards had been “tampered with” by an intern working in the office. A form from the office of Cong. John Young of Corpus Christi asked for a female secretary aged 19 to 30, and under “special skills or requirements,” \(the space on the form where race was usually specified, people w/hill experience. people with Spanish surname White only.” \(The word “white” was underlined on the form. The punctuation and capitalization were reporters that he had made efforts to hire Mexican-American personnel, he had three such persons on his staff, and he had “absolutely no policy against hiring blacks or other minorities.” Other specifications on the forms from offices of congressmen from states other than Texas said “no blacks,” “no minorities,” “white only,” “Only a white girl,” “White or Oriental only,” “white Republican,” “White no pants suits,” and so on. Pursuant to the original story, the New York Times reported in late August that April 25, 1975 15