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Printers Stationers Mailers Typesetters High Speed Web Offset Publication Press Counseling Designing Copy Writing Editing Trade Computer Sales and Services Complete Computer Data Processing Services FUTURA PRESS AUSTIN TEXAS FUTURA 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 Slagle wants to put a kibosh on any idea that he and Garry Mauro, candidate for land commissioner, are on the outs. Mauro told him in the spring of ’80, Slagle says, that if he, Slagle, was elected chairman, Mauro would want to move on from his post as executive director. Slagle says he left Mauro in charge of the state party’s computer operation and made him Slagle’s representative in the Carter/Mondale campaign headquarters. “There really isn’t any hostility between us,” Slagle told the Observer. Mauro Is Running Garry Mauro announced for land commissioner, but did not get much press, perhaps because reporters were busy with the last ten days of the legislature. He said he expects to spend about $400,000, of which he has raised $53,000 from about 150 contributors. His brother is Bryan Sen. Kent Caperton’s law partner, and Caperton’s campaign manager against Bill Moore in 1980, Allan Schoenbaum, will also manage Mauro’s campaign. Publicity will be handled by Roy Spence, Austin. Mauro spoke of protection of state lands and professional management of the revenues from them “to insure that Texas will never have to resort to a personal or corporate income tax, to which I am adamantly opposed.” Gold and sulphur production on state lands should be expanded, he said. Mauro, a graduate of Texas A&M and UT law school, worked in Bob Krueger’s 1974 congressional race; was Comptroller Bob Bullock’s deputy for tax administration; managed Krueger’s 1978 campaign for the U.S. Senate \(in which Mauro is understood to have influenced Krueger to be more conservative than he tor of the Texas Democratic Party, in which capacity he computerized state Democratic voter lists. Other potential candidates for the post Bob Armstrong is vacating are Speaker Billy Clayton, who reportedly has taken a poll on the subject; Dow Chemical publicist Alan Erwin, a former Public Utility Commissioner; and Max Sherman, president of West Texas State University. During his four-day announcement tour, Mauro told reporters at College Station’s Easterwood airport that if he didn’t raise enough for the campaign, he would dip into his own and his family’s money. Greg Moses, reporter for KTAM, asked him what his interests were. The practice of law and some real estate, Mauro replied. How much is he worth? Moses asked him. Put off, Mauro nevertheless answered: about half a million dollars. Not even his banker had known that, Morrow half-complained. The Observer sent John White, former chairman of the national Democratic Party, our long political intelligence item [TO 4/17/81] concerning his relationships with Libyans and asked for comment. He has replied: tion based on articles by Jack Anderson and Earl Golz, neither noted for accuracy or letting the facts spoil a good story. “The fact is that Jimmie Day is in jail for lying fraudulently about me and others. resenting him, or been in the Bahamas. In fact, I didn’t know I knew anyone who knew Vesco until I read it in the papers. “The fact is that I never discussed with [Mansur] Kikhia [the Libyan ambassador to the U.N.] any government action, talked to him on the telephone, or saw him in New York. I had a short social meeting in the public place to say hello on April 18, 1979, but nothing more “The fact is that Jimmie used an imposter named Alexander Phillips at these meetings. “The fact is that despite the efforts to set me up for a bribe, they were not successful as they have been in the Abscam cases. “The fact is that this is all available in newspaper files, or in court testimony, and not on my own word, but that of the culprits themselves. “I can’t help but wonder why you chose Anderson and Golz as your prime sources the standard you set over 20 years ago deserves more. “P.S. Jimmie Day is not a longtime friend, he is a longtime acquaintance.” Anderson, of course, is the national columnist; Golz is a respected reporter on the Dallas Morning News. As we reported, Day was sentenced to four years for his part in a scheme to defraud Libya of $1 million by overstating his influence with high U.S. officials, including White, and said in his plea of guilty that he had exaggerated his influence with White. White sent the Observer a copy of Day’s sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard Owen in New York Feb. 10, 1981, drawing attention to these remarks Judge Owen made to Day: sure, there is puffing in politics, but these are absolutely false, fraudulent statements, that you have the chairman of the Democratic Party in your pocket, THE TEXAS OBSERVER 17 e