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He’s done.” Stinson also was displeased that Meyer tossed a final shiv Lena Guerrero’s way when the GOP chairman gloated in a nextday press conference, “Candidates need to have high ethical standards and Lena did not.” “Miss Ann only gut-punched an old man,” the columnist observed. “Meyer sucker-punched a woman.” On the other end of the manners spectrum, there was much published admiration of the “class” Bush showed in bowing out. But the Rev. William F. Buckley, in his syndicated column, wondered how George Bush could have so effusively congratulated Clinton on his victory after “he had spent the better part of three months denouncing Bill Clinton as a draft-dodger, as a liar, as an inexperienced yuppie and an ideological menace.” After his typical traipse through the lexicon Buckley concluded, “Bush was engaging in a formality. The whole thing was sad grotesque, even.” Chits for Ann Gov. Ann Richards gained friends coast to coast during the campaign, as she travelled to at least a dozen states on behalf of congressional and gubernatorial candidates as well as the Clinton-Gore ticket. She stumped for female U.S. Senate candidates, including Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in California, Lynn Yeakel in Pennsylvania, Carol Mosely Braun in Illinois and Patty Murray in Washington. She also campaigned for incumbents such as U.S. Senators Robert Byrd of West Virginia, John Glenn of Ohio, Ernest Hollings of South Carolina and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. All except Yeakel won. “I campaigned in those states where I thought we had a chance of electing a new senator, and a senator that perhaps did not have preconceptions about projects that were important to Texas,” Richards said the day after. “I won every one of the races where I went to campaign, with the exception of one, so we’ve got seven or eight new best friends in the Senate and we have a number of new best friends in the United States Congress in very influential positions,” she said. Gramm Keeps Post Good news for Democrats is that Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas will serve another term as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, despite the GOP’s failure to gain seats in Senate elections. Gramm raised $32 million but Republicans lost nine of 11 targeted races and finished with an apparent net loss of one seat in the Senate, leaving them with 42 to the Democrats’ 58, although Democratic Sen. Wyche Fowler faces a Nov. 24 runoff in Georgia. “Am I happy with the outcome of the Senate races? No,” Gramm was quoted in the Dallas Morning News. “But could it have been a lot worse? Yes.” Republican senators voted 20-19 to keep Gramm in charge of the committee, despite complaints that he used the position to further his own Patronage Potential In addition to former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, who is on Clinton’s transition team and is a potential Cabinet member, and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, who probably could get into the Cabinet if he wanted to give up what might be a more powerful post as Senate Finance Chair, Texans in line for posts in the Clinton Administration include: Paul Begala of Houston, one of Clinton’s senior campaign consultanti; Ray Marshall, Labor Secretary under President Jimmy Carter, now a teacher at the University of Texas; Bill White, a Houston lawyer and longtime friend of Clinton; Betsey Wright, an Alpine native who was chief of staff in the Arkansas Governor’s office; Mike Beatty, a Houston lawyer, head of government affairs for the Coastal States Production Co., who was active in Clinton’s campaign and may be in line as a legal or energy adviser; Paul Coggins and his wife, Regina Montoya, Dallas lawyers and former classmates of the Clintons: Coggins met Clinton at Yale while Montoya attended college with Hillary Clinton; Garry Mauro, who led the Texas campaign but whose financial troubles may cause problems; former Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong and his wife, Linda Aaker, who have known Clinton since 1972; and former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, who raised money for Clinton and reportedly has discussed the possibility of serving as ambassador to Ireland. Bob Bruce of the Abilene Reporter-News reported that U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm of Stamford is under consideration as Agriculture Secretary under Bill Clinton. “I am on the short list, they tell me,” said the conservative Democrat. Of course, anyone who knows anything about short lists is holed up in Little Rock and not talking. Antonio state representatives won promotions to the Senate as Democrat Greg Luna won the seat Congressman-elect Frank Tejeda gave up in San Antonio, Democrat Frank Madla was unopposed for District 24, which Temple Dickson held before it was redistricted into Bexar County, and Republican Jeff Wentworth succeeded Bexar County Judge-elect Cyndi Krier. Democrat Royce West succeeds Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas District 23. With 13 seats, the Republicans hold two more than the 11 needed to block bills under Senate rules, although those rules could be changed in January. They also could bust gubernatorial appointments under the state Constitution, which requires two-thirds confirmation. The Senate will be a more conservative body, but it will have at least 16 moderate-to-progressive senators those who voted the progressive position on 50 percent or more of the 1991 record votes on consumer, environmental, ethics and health and human services issues examined by Texas Voters Watch, a coalition of Texas progressive groups \(see “Legislators ceeding Johnson in the predominantly black district, is expected to become a 17th progressive senator. The Senate will have 16 members endorsed by organized labor and at least 10 that support abortion rights. In Ratliff, a Republican from Mount Pleasant with support from Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and his predecessor, Bill Hobby, got 52.1 percent of the vote to narrowly defeat Bob Aikin, a former state representative and member of the State Board of Education from Commerce. In Florence Shapiro, a moderate Republican advertising executive and Mayor of Plano, took 53.5 percent of the vote in a marginally Republican district to unseat Sen. Ted Lyon, D-Rockwall, who had the support of organized labor and trial lawyers and was known for tough law-andorder and anti-abortion stances. Shapiro has stated opposition to public funding of abortions and supports parental consent requirements. In Sen. Bill Haley, a progressive Democrat from Center took 53.6 percent of the vote to defeat Gene Shull, a Tyler contractor. In state Rep. Dan Shelley, a Republican, took 55.7 percent to beat Democrat Don Coffey. In incumbent Sen. David Sibley, R-Waco, took 60.6 percent of the vote to beat Dr. Charles Osborn, a Waxahachie Democrat. In Jerry Patterson, whose eligibility was uncertain because he was a member of a Harris County municipal utility. district until after the primary, got 48.4 percent in a three-way race to beat moderate Sen. Chet Brooks, DPasadena, the Dean of the Senate, who got 47 percent. Libertarian Marshall N. Anderson got 4.6 percent. In Harris County District 17, where redistricting brought this the west Harris County district into Houston’s Montrose area, Sen. Buster Brown, R-Lake Jackson got 59 percent of the vote to beat Democrat Ronnie Harrison. In Democratic Rep. Greg Luna got 51 percent to beat Republican car dealer Ernest Ancira, who got THE TEXAS OBSERVER 9