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A JOURNAL OF FREE VOICES We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of human-kind as the foundation of democracy: we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. ‘ Writers are responsible for their own work, but not for anything they have not themselves written, and in publishing them we do not necessarily imply that we agree with them, because this is a journal Wive voices. SINCE 1954 Publisher: Ronnie Dugger Editor: Louis Dubose Associate Editor: James Cullen Layout and Design: Diana Paciocce, Peter Szymczak Copy Editor: Roxanne Bogucka Mexico City Correspondent: Barbara Belejack Editorial Interns: Paula George, Lorri J. 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INDEXES: The Texas Observer is indexed in Access: The S .:widen:m\(11y Index to Periodicals; Texas Index and, for the years 1954 through 198 1,The Texas Observer Index. copyrighted, 0 1992, is published biweekly except l’or a three-week interval 477-0746. Second-class postage paid at Austin, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE TEXAS OBSERVER, 307 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. After Bentsen Comes now the opportunity to replace Senator Lloyd Bentsen, and a Governor elected with the support of progressives offers a list of candidates who would be likely to vote very much like the conservative senator who now moves on to the Clinton cabinet. Henry Cisneros, who the talk of the town had as the Governor’s first choice, is yet another business Democrat. Yes, Cisneros can deliver a fine speech. On the hot summer day when he took off his coat and addressed the members of the Industrial Areas Foundation gathered on the capitol steps, repeating again and again “Hay dinero suficiente para los ninon,” many would have followed him anywhere. Had he but decided to lead. As a mayor, Cisneros imposed on his constituents the highest sales tax in the state to build an Alamodome, which, when completed, will stand vacant. He also courted the very low-wage employers that COPS and the Metro Alliance are now trying to help San Antonions escape through comprehensive job training. Comptroller John Sharp was a enlightened Railroad Commissioner, and as Comptroller has served well. Sharp has opened his office to minorities and has a knack for hiring the best people in the state. He has run several statewide races and raises money like a Senator. But his voting record as a state representative and senator, by progressive standards, is lamentable and he was on Phil drarnm’s staff when Gramm, as a Democrat, ran against Lloyd Bentsen in the Senate primary in 1976. Bill Hobby, lately said to be the Governor’s most likely choice is, well, alright. At best a noblesse oblige liberal, Hobby is another public servant who is said to have been, in the end, educated by the Industrial Areas Foundation, whose leaders escorted Hobby through the colonias in the lower Rio Grande Valley where face to face with the Third World in the state he had then served for 12 years he was converted. Hobby is also to be commended for his advocacy of a state income tax and his “anticrime” legislation, which consisted of education, nutritional and job training programs. But why is there not a single progressive on the Governor’s list of candidates? Asked about the appointment, former Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower said he is not interested. Hightower has spent the past two years putting together and promoting a nationwide radio program scheduled to go on the air in many media markets in February, and he’s not likely to abandon the project now. He said he will consider a Senate race in the future. Texas Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Doggett would be an ideal candidate. Doggett lost to Phil Granim in 1984, then went on to win a seat on the Supreme Court, where he has served as a jurist clearly more beholden to the Texas Constitution and citizens than to the corporate interests working to reshape, the court. But Doggett says he’s not interested in an appointment or a campaign for the U.S. Senate. There are, however, other progressives capable of running a statewide race. There is none better than U.S. Rep. John Bryant of Dallas. Since hewas elected to Congress in 1982, Bryant has represented the interests of consumers and working people. His 1990 vote ratings by the Americans for Democratic Action, the ACLU and the AFL-CIO are only surpassed by Houston Rep. Craig Washington and San Antonio Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez. Bryant is 45, bright, articulate and squeaky clean. \(Gonzalez’s age and Washington’s tangled financial affairs at home Granted, Bryant has never won a statewide in Democratic Party circles; a tireless campaigner, in 1984, when he had no opponent he invested considerable time and money in electing Democratic candidates. And Bryant is interested in the race, according to his spokesman Carlton Carl, who said Bryant is not campaigning for the appointment and that he has not called nor been contacted by Governor Richards. But he would eagerly accept the appointment and might even consider entering a race if he weren’t appointed. If not John Bryant, what of former Attorney General Jim Mattox? Mattox also says he’s interested and suggests that Richards appoint either herself or him. \(Yes, it’s an unlikely appointstatewide organization, raised $10 million when he ran against Richards in the Democratic primary and is well-regarded by organized labor, blacks and women. His record as a progressive Congressman and an aggressive Attorney General, plus his high name-identification, would make him a contender in a statewide race. And, as we were going to press, a fax arrived from Houston promoting the candidacy of Frances “Sissy” Farenthold who has spent most of the years since she nearly defeated Dolph Briscoe in the Democratic Primary in 1972 working with grassroots environmental and consumer groups in Texas and with Central American peace activists in Washington and at home. Farenthold, a former state representative, gubernatorial candidate and college president would run a grassroots campaign, with the support of feminists, environmentalists, minorities and organized labor. One conservative Senator is sufficient for a state as diverse as Texas and it seems the governor would broaden her search to include candidates representing constituencies as diverse as the electorate that put her in the position to make the appointment to the U.S. Senate.L.D. EDITORIALS 2 DECEMBER 25, 1992