Newspaper clipping headlined "Politics amusing in Texas," El Paso Times, October 14, 1982
Newspaper clipping headlined "Politics amusing in Texas," by Peter Brown, El Paso Times, October 14, 1982. Newspaper clipping regarding campaign spending for William P. Clements, Jr., and Mark White.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Clements, William P., 1917-2011White, Mark, 1940-
Campaign fundsPolitical campaigns
"Texas Governor Term 1, 1979-1982"
El Paso Times
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"William P. Clements Campaign Records, 1977-1989"
Campaign Records Addendum
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Clements Texas Papers
• • • Ilt-r.tIti A nr,T bi I 4 198Z Politics amusing \in Texas By Peter A. Brown Scripps-Howard News Servicss DALLAS — It's almost as if the Texas gov- ernor's race — with $1 million players and enough cheap shots to draw penalty flags — had been created to fill the void caused by the football strike. Ilopublican Gov. William P. Clenients Jr. Jed Dernoe...e.n.! Attorney General Mark bit ti'dolit_ical enemies during the past four years — will spend more than $15 million. Clements' spending will at least dou- ble White's. Analysis Debate over the economy has taken a back seat in the governor's race to name-calling unmatched elsewhere this election year. Clements tells White to his face he is "an incompetent lawyer" and a "quack" and has 6,rculated a campaign newsletter dredging up a 19-year-old drunk driving charge against the Democrat. 'White in turn calls Clements and his tactics "f4arbage," and says the millionaire gover- ner who owns the world's largest oil-drilling cOnpany is trying to "buy this election" with the $9 million he has raised so far. :At stake is an office both parties acknowl- edge to be crucial nationally because of the go%ernor's ability to till the state in the ips4 presidential election. No Democrat has ecer won the White House without cal ..ying x as. The race here is even more important to '1;exas Republicate„ who four years ago won the governor's mansion for the first time ia a century and a few months ago hoped to Loaden their gains in 1982. But their hopes of unseating Democratic ggn. Lloyd peptsen... and greatly increasing their einigressional and legislative strength have been dashed by the slumping economy. 'the recession has finally come to Texas, where the September 8.4 percent jobless rate jiuts it in worse shape than a Frost Belt state like Massachusetts. Now Republicans are concentrating on holding onto the governor- ship. Aware there are 1 million more Democrats than Republicans in Texas, White. focuses his campaign on traditional party themes, pledg- ing to lower utility rates and pay higher tpacher salaries to improve public eclitca- litgi. gilt ( 1 !' to have di.: :state tek)Ct: StrtAit.; a major eli spill caused by his qwa firm. ' But unlike Democratic candidates in other industrial states where unemployment is at tpstoric highs, White doesn't seek to tie Clem- ents to Ronald Reagan, apparently becauie the president remains popular here. Inatead he blames the unemployment pr. tern On Cleirwins' braggie4 that ri e.. the na0(.1::, •:m (concrtiy, laid is resni,ii nine for the influx ol migrants who either wind up on unemploy- iient or take jobs state residents should ;et. . Here, where free enterprise is as much part of the lifestyle as the Dallas Cowboys, Clements gets good mileage from his theme, am a businessman, not a politician." And tie says his business expertise convinces him things are looking up. ' "The national recession hit Texas last, hit Texas least, and we will be the first to recov- er," says Clements. t Clements' supporters concede his major fiability is that he's alienated much of the electorate with his blunt and often tactless Manner. ; "Bill has a very strung personality and he doesn't make any bones about his positions On issues so he does polarize people," con- edes veteran Republican Committeeman rnest .Ange le Jr. of Midland. Je-Mements) the issue," says Dallas rounty GOP Chairman Fred Meyer, and pentocrats — who say polls show the gover- nor with the highest negative ratings this side tif Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1)-Mass. — agree. "Ile comes across as being arrogant, in- ensitive and interested in only the very deli," says Democatic State Chairman Ro- liert Slagle. Clements won by only 17,000 votes out of More than 2.3. million cast in 1978. And while he appears to be holding a lead this time around, the economic downturn could wipe that out quickly.