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Jones, a Democrat, represents the 24th Senatorial District, which stretches from Abilene, where the Senator lives, to Waco nearly 200 miles away. Bullock, who serves on the fivemember Legislative Redistricting Board, accused Jones of “putting out the word he’ll run against me because he’s afraid he won’t have a senatorial district to run and win in the next time out.” Population shifts indicate redistricting might put at least two West Texas senators in the same district. Bullock, who has already announced for re-election in 1982, said he welcomes Jones into the campaign. “Jones’ record is negative and against the economic health of this state,” Bullock said. “If Jones goes fishing to run for comptroller, I predict that he’ll come up with nothing but the worm, and as an opponent his pipe will go out before the race is over.” Jones, an avid pipe-smoker, told Dave McNeely of the Austin American Statesman that “it’s about what you’d expect from Bullock.” He said his talk of a race is tentative, but that he has “been surprised at the reaction from a number of quarters.” Bullock said Jones’ hint that he might take him on “has the smell of political blackmail.” Speaking of smell, Comptroller Bullock recently sent gifts to two Texas newspapers., The Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and the Austin bureau of the Dallas Morning News each received a plainly wrapped box containing a sixinch round cow patty. Bullock’s media representative Tony Proffitt said he wasn’t sure why the News was selected, but that Bullock sent the manure to Tribune publisher R. B. Palmer because “he’s always been on Bullock’s case.” Lyndon Olson Jr., a former Texas Democratic legislator from Waco who is a member of the State Board of Insurance, is apparently going to Washington. Olson, according to Carl P. Leubsdorf of the Dallas Morning News Washington bureau, has been selected to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Federal Election Commission. Leubsdorf reports that Olson was strongly pushed for the FEC spot by conservative Texas Democrats led by Rep. Kent Hance, D-Lubbock, who was given a strong voice in the selection for the FEC spot as a political reward for his support of the Reagan economic program. The Federal Election Commission, which has jurisdiction over the complex array of laws governing the raising and spending of funds in federal elections, is composed of six members, three from each political party. The vacancy for which Olson was selected was created by the expiration April 30 of the term of former Rep. Robert 0. Tiernan, D-Rhode Island. Olson served in the Texas House from 1973 to 1978, when he sought Bob Poage’s 11th District U.S. House seat. Olson finished third behind former state Rep. Lane Denton and Marvin Leath, a Marlin banker. Leath subsequently won the runoff. Formal nomination to the FEC position is expected in September. Dallas County Commissioner Roy Orr is also resigning to accept a Reagan administration appointment. The 48year-old commissioner will become regional director of the U.S. Department of Labor. As the Dallas-based representative of Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan, Orr will earn $54,087 annually and will handle community, industry, and labor relations in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. His salary as county commissioner was about $47,000. Orr says he is not switching parties. During debate in the U.S. House on the Housing and Urban Development Department appropriations bill, Cong. Charles Wilson of Lufkin offered an amendment that sought to prohibit the use of rental assistance programs for low and moderate income families in cities with rent controls. A point of order against the amendment was sustained. Cong. Henry Gonzalez of San Antonio has introduced a resolution providing for the impeachment of Paul A. Volcker, chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. Tipped off by former State Sen. Don Kennard of Fort Worth, now living at Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., that the original American Briscoe’s estate was being auctioned off near Charleston, W. Va., ex-Gov. Dolph Briscoe flew there and bought two vans of goods, spending perhaps between $50,000 and $100,000, Kennard estimates. The ancestor, who came to the U.S. from England in the 1600’s, was Dr. John Briscoe. Frank Briscoe, ex-Harris County district attorney and a relative of Dolph’s, was present, too \(but hadn’t notified his wealthy Briscoe’s wife Janey was not necessarily taken with all the purchases. At one point, Kennard says, she returned from taking a little walk, saw a large, but rather dilapidated dining table on the and exclaimed, “Oh, God, I hope he didn’t buy that thing!” Ten minutes before, he had. Briscoe is often said to be the largest landowner in Texas. He has been taking soundings whether to run for governor again in 1982 against Bill Clements. 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