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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Making big strides Loeffler gains even more GOP support New Braunfels July 3A an RePubUcan Tom Loeffler has fired another public relations salvo at possible GOP guber Kent Wanceannouncing that 24 Republican legislators are backing The endorsements came a day after three GOP congressmen released a letter supporting R who on Monday reported having raised million tor a gubernatorial Loeffler said the legislators joining his exploratory committee demonstrates the grassroots strength of his support in the These legislators know firsthand that Texas needs a governor with a commitment to excellence and political I am particularly gratified that these Kepublican who know what kind of leadership is needed from a have faith in he The 24 Texas House and Senate members hail from all parts of the Loeffler aides Richard director of Loefflers exploratory said the lawmakers would help organize Loefflers These state legislators know more than anyone the importance of defeating incumbent Democrat Mark and they know Tom Loeffler is the one candidate who McBride said in a John a spokesman for Loefflers said the lawmakers had promised organizational help in their home They can give a lot of leadership and guidance to the particularly with their knowledge of state Weaver On Bill Archer of Jack Fields of Humble and Tom DeLay of Sugar Land backed squaring off against Phil who has said he expects to support who bolted from the Democratic Party earlier this House members endorsing him were Bill Blanton of Farmers Branch Bill Ceverha of Anne Cooper of San Tom Craddick of Gerald Geist weidt of Kelly Godwin of Jack Harris of Talmadge Heflin of Paul Hilbert of Arves Jones of El Ed Kuempel of Jan McKenna of Kae Patrick of San George Pierce of San Alan Schoolcraft of San Gwyn Shea of Ashley Smith of Chip Staniswallis of Jim Tallas of Sugar Taylor of Keith Valigura of and John Willy of Texas Congressmen decide to go for Tom WASHINGTON AP Houston Jack Fields says a split in the Texas GOP over a potential HanceLoeffler rivalry for the gubernatorial nomination represents a quantum leap of progress for the I think its exciting that we potentially could have a highly contested Republican primary for Fields said I think were about the make the major quantum leap politically that people will vote in Republican primaries instead of Democratic he The potential highly contested primary race would be between Kent a former Lubbock congressman who narrowly lost the Democratic nomination for Senate last then switched to the GOP this and fourterm Republican Congressman Tom Loeffler of Neither man has officially announced his Phil Gramm won the Senate race as a Republican after switching parties during his House tenure the year Gramm launched his former House colleague Hance into the GOP at a news conference in May amid speculation Hance had been recruited by Gramm with promises of support of a Hance candidacy for Gramm would feel some obligation to help him Hance out if he runs against incumbent Democrat Mark White next said Gramms press Larry But Fields and fellow House Republicans Bill Archer of Houston and Tom DeLay of Sugar Land have signed a fundraising letter for I have great respect for the said I think there is an understanding that I am not always going to agree with the he is not always going to agree with but you I feel the same respect from him on this he Neal said Gramm made a gutwrenching decision to back Hance and acknowledges he is one of the few around who has made that For the Texas Republican which is more ac customed to searching for standardbearers than squabbling over who will carry the the choices represent a said My actions should not be construed as antiKent but pro Tommy he Im glad Kent has switched over and if he is in the gubernatorial Im glad that its going to be a contested I think it brings State accountant charged with theft AUSTIN AP A state accountant who had worked for the Comptrollers Office for 23 years has been charged with stealing a state check for A district attorneys office in vestigator said in an affidavit that James of Cedar Park falsified and stole the check earlier this month because of his frustration with the management of the Comptrollers Office and so that he would be king of the mountain with in his William Krumpack of the Travis County District Attorneys Office filed the affidavit when the theft charge was filed Thursday with Justice of the Peace David According to the Krumpack af Fontaine arranged for a state payment voucher to be made out to another Cedar Park who told the investigator he was owed no money by the The money was purportedly for a rightofway purchase and came out of the State Highway Department Officials of that agency notified the Comptrollers Office that the voucher number was out of sequence and that it was prepared as a direct mail The department does not use direct mail On July Fontaine went to the Comptrollers Office mail room and took the according to who said Fontaine kept the check until July 15 when he gave it to a Comptrollers Office division No bond had been set and Fontaine had not been arrested by late Thursday Former security guard charged in bank slay ings PORT ARTHUR AP A former bank security guard has been charged with capital murder in the slayings of two savings and loan employees during a robbery earlier this authorities David Lee of was charged Thursday with two counts of capital murder and was ordered held without The charges stem from Tuesdays robbery of the Jefferson Savings Loan Association in Port Arthur and the slaying of two Justice of the Peace John Borne A surveillance camera videotape from the bank showed a calm and calculating man chatting with one employee before the said police an unemployed father of had worked as a security guard at the savings and loans main office in Beaumont about eight years Landry Investigators said the tape showed the gunman entered the savings and loan Tuesday SA official may file for Loefflers seat A Bexar County Commissioner is expected to announce next week his candidacy for the 21st District Congressional Lamar precinct 3 resigned Thur sday to run for the seat to be left vacant by incumbent Tom Tom the incumbent has publicly an nounced he will not seek re Smith His decision has opened up the op portunity for me to run for Congress in this Smith has served as County Commissioner for the past three representing about constituents in northern Bexar As Smith he fought against unnecessary spending and He wrote the first Code of Ethics adopted by the Commissioners developed new county and pushed for highway Smith also initiated con solidation of county and city services to reduce dupliction and save Serving on Commissioners Smith has allowed me to see firsthand how much the federal government affects decisions made at the local SELLING OUT SUMMER ONE DAY ONLY SATURDAY JULY 20th i i ENTIRE STOCK OF 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