Newspaper clipping headlined, "White, Clements get personal," June 14, 1986
Newspaper clipping from the Houston Post headlined "White, Clements get personal," June 14, 1986, by Glenn Smith. Clements and White speak to the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. The crowd favored Clements. A portion of the article is crossed out and noted with 'MW' or 'EC.'
Clippings (information artifacts)
Clements, William P., 1917-2011White, Mark, 1940-
"White Interregnum, 1983-1986"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"William P. Clements Campaign Records, 1977-1989"
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Mark WhiteEducation Reform
Clements Texas Papers
.• r:q Er, Clements ge personal Jog I no Arattn Brres.0 — In their first one- appearance since 1982, . tic Gov. Mark White Republican gubernatorial Bill Clements on Friday the general election cam- with bitter personal at- one other. the 1982 gubernatorial , when White scored a victcry over Clements, man has made a secret of 1 cii!_ilike of the other. I•1 •-• ; their spe•eches to 1,000 mem- o( the Texas Association of dary School Principals, and Clements left little that the enmity from their contest had :eibsided or that If86can-,naign wculd be a fi- affair. ee 2C: torte be ridi eej.r]iag t 1 h..' won to tebli Cle. . to Stf'S Ire" "Bill aye , w pr • I Si e of o oo) edu entre; 1 K.3 nt e s• the c ctir the uled Clem- ak toss you i alwa means ico spid seed Wh ye lerns ow or 6_ • hit* ing ih mfore be- arks. e accused ore atten- book than f Texas. lined dur- governor, d. "Oil scores went A s- Nisi one ques didn't t4ckl for Tex "dn't you TI he nit „ \ uric a by 'casing White of using his wife, ika Gale. to shield him from cism by teachers. "I've been talking to all these locators and he's now sent out inda Gale te do that for him," • aarled Clements. "That's corn- lendable. He does need to know prat eCiucetees think) even if 'sseco LCmeflL leo out a 'late for having the governor's trice purchase a new jet air- lane sherniy after taking office, sing White's pledge to make fexas and the nation competitive • with Japan and other nations kgainst the incumbent Demo- eat. Wondering aloud how White used up a :TO_ billion surplus Clem- ents claimed was left in state cot- Is when he left office in 1983, Clemente said, "i know one thing did. be helped the Japanese econorns buying that $.3 mU- lOO jee :-laybe that's why thealEa_ilairee to well." r-Taiiicaeee was fOr-„,- 1\.the day, /and Whitefand 'leniency 'waled on 'test aNput ev ry discussct 'The 'e.:: is Ed d I 11 la hap copsef he c1ortifi eertiPe 1h41. d I years'. t tidier p, y age, ac oas the sate percent " Clements sal "Co I isn't got w ! cause A ye you Mark my to he aver- on, Bill yo4i k ova tha le. The ais eache it sp of ou no . elite sa Clements said the controver- sial no-pass, no-play rule con- tained in the 1984 education re- forms should be modified so that tailing students are suspended from extracurricular activities for three weeks instead of six. White said Clements wanted educators "to go back to doing it the old way." Clements Imo the upper hand with the audience, however, as many school principals have complained of reforms enacted under White's administration. After being interrupted sever- al times by applause and laugh- ter, an obviously pleased Clem- ents turned to White and said, "Mark, I hope you're noting all this." ar2era blazes all for Bexar By JAMES MeRY Pohhce wrow JUN 1 5 1996 -If young District Judge Roy Bar- ren. Jr. can pull it off and become the ,first Hispanic ever elected to statewide office without being ap- pOlrited first — and that's a big IF be a significant event for Bexar County candidates in more ways than one. -Except for the state judiciary, no Bexar County candidate has been elected to a statewide post in at least hail a century. -Tfr fact, few Bexar County candi- dates with credentials have even tiie:d for statewide office. —Bexar County has been strangely successful in sending locals to the state Supreme Court and the Texas Court of LLrirninal Appeals. .There-Tiave been Jack Onion, the late James Norvell, Jack Pope, Charles Barrow, Bill White and Franklin Spears_ ert was Spears, a former state sen- aionand son of a state senator, who mounted the last major campaign by aBexar County candidate for a non- jaciicial statewide office. He ran for Texas attorney gen- ered-; the same post Barrera is seek- ing, back in 1976 and lost to the late Crawford Martin in the Democratic primary. Martin had the support of then- Gqx „John Connally, at the time a Democrat but now a Republican, who -Went on to appoint Roy Barren father of the judge, as the first Hispanic secretary of state. jltrt Barrera already has gone a step further than Spears. Be won his party primary in a heated runoff campaign that was ex- ceeded here in interest perhaps by only the excitement generated by the 21st District congressional race be- tween former County Commissioner Lamar Smith and former City Coun- cilman Van Archer. The 34-year-old San Antonio ju- rist's win was remarkable. He led the Republican ticket in eritimber of votes, the only candi- date in the Republican runoff to crack the 100.000-vote mark. carried 160 counties to former Williamson County District Attorney Ed Walsh's 50, out of the 254 Texas counties. The two tied in half a dozen or so counties and no Republican pri- maries were held in the rest. Barrera also defeated Walsh in such population centers as Dallas, Harris, Bexar, Tarrant and El Paso counties, but lost Travis County to Walsh. Election night after he nailed down the GOP nomination, Barrera set the theme of his general election campaign. It is his goal, he said to help pro- vide leadership to reform a judicial system weak on crime, to remove politics from the legal system, and to regain the confidence and respect of the people for the attorney general's office Mattox, with a reputation of being as scrappy on the campaign trail as a junkyard dog, will take young Bar- rera lightly at. his own risk. When he said election night that he is happy it is Barrera Jr. rather than Barrera Sr. in the lists against him, he was being flippant. "If the Republicans had nomi- nated Roy Barrera Sr., I would have been concerned about it," Mattox said in the wake of Bari-era's nomi- nation. "He's a very well qualified lawyer . . . but this is Junior they nominated. He's just not his daddy." That's true, but not necessarily de- termining. After all, Barrera Sr. lost the only political race he's run, while Barrera Jr. handily won election to the bench to which then-Gov. Bill Clements ap- pointed him in 1981. Barrera Sr.'s race was for mayor of San Antonio and he lost to Charley Becker. The key in the general election will be the success Barrera has in bringing South Texas "to the table" for the Republicans, not only for him- self but for Clements. Traditionally, South Texas has provided the vote margins which have elected Demo- crats in close races for statewide of- fices. Mattox has run well in South Texas. but the name Barrera is sure to be an ethnic draw in counties from San Antonio on south. The election will rest on the ability of Barrera to attract Hispanic voters to the Repub- lican colors in the Nov. 4 election. The primary and runoff cam- paigns showed that Barrera can play in the political ring with the big boys. Jim Lunz. Barrera's astute cam- paign manager, noted that Barrera did what everybody was saying he couldn't do — carry the Republican vote in North Texas. "Our goal in the primaries was to win the normal Republican constitu- ency :,nri we did that," Lunz reports Be:: eras overwhelming vote in berr !he primary and runoff from consee, ateve Republican voters now gives tern an opportunity to take dead aim at conservative Democrats and independents Lunz believes "just don't like Jim Mattox." lain?. expects Barrera to emerge from this year's two elections with- out campaign debt hanging over his head after raising and spending $750,011C "kt. fs pot a pretty good bang for our heeks," I,unz says. Fi!i; the campaign chairman thini:e will take between 12 million and a:i million to upend Mattox in the grand finale. He notes that the AG had a1.5 million in the bank as of Dec It