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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A New Texas March 1991 Clayton Williams concedes may run again EDITORS NOTE Clayton Wil liams came from nowhere to almost 1 make Texas political history in one of the states rowdiest and most expen sive gubernatorial In his first extensive interview since the November Williams looks at what went what went wrong and what lies ByMIKECOCHRAN CHIP BROWN Press Writers MIDLAND AP Conceding he serious Clayton Wil insists the Texas governors was more colorful than dirty and says he may run Im not ruling it out but Im not it the Midland oilman rancher Fate will determine While gracious in the shootfromthehip Republican had a or two for Democratic oppo I nent Ann the media and the trial Williams said he emerged from the race much less more humble and not even I dont hold he too He said it was his sense of humor carried him through the tumultu And he admitted it was Ijhis crude attempt at humor a joke Icomparing the weather to rape that to his I This is my recommendation to anyone running for governor For cry jing out ever talk about the j Making his first political race at age Williams insisted from the outset was not a and his cow Ijboy candor and openness were and endearing to many I1 But he admits now it was that same jcandor and quick often too that got him in trouble and eventually doomed his j Instead of being I was jpretty he In the field iof any attempts at levity can j get you cut off at your knees I didnt know I was such a bad fjfella until I ran for Granting his first interview since November Williams met two reporters at his Midland an plush suite in his ClayDesta ri It is decorated with bronzes and other memen koes reflecting his ranching and oil Included are spectacular wildgame With little he recounted the 1990 blitz of a Republican primary field that included former congress man Kent Secretary of State Jack Rains and Dallas attorney Tom Clayton Williams may seek re election In the general polls indicated Williams led Richards by as much as 17 percentage points at one With a voter turnout of he lost by A postmortem indicated there was no single turning point in the cam Williams But he said his worst mistake was the weather That was when he suggested that bad weather is like rape if its inevit just relax and enjoy When an aide told him his com ment had created a Williams he recalled saying at the I was just He labeled as serious mistakes his refusal to shake hands with Richards when their paths crossed late in the and then calling her a She accused me of laundering drug money and I just had to call her hand on he Im sure there are people more dedicated to fighting drugs than I but not a Looking I shouldnt have let that get to me I called her hand and it cost me for doing Williams had been angered by Richards reference to a newspaper report which said federal agents were investigating allegations a Houston loan who also had done busi ness with Williams was laun dering drug Williams said another probable mistake was his refusal to debate a decision apparently made by advisors afraid he might misspeak under I have a good sense of humor and an instantaneous wit and a debates one thing we probably would have done better than people In something of a Wil liams said a frontrunner for over a year probably worked against him at the end because of a peculiar American Said he Its very American to shoot at whoevers and I was ahead for a long Perhaps more two events in the critical latter stages of the cam paign may have if not devastat at least the proverbial final One involved a constitutional amendment he said he didnt under But more Williams volunteered almost casually that he paid no taxes in a he when he was almost It was a concession of no wrongdo but vigorously reported and wide ly According to Cinny Kennard of WFAATV in Dallas reported the story in such a way as to make it appear he dodged his tax pay ment like Id done an illegal That was not the he I paid all the taxes I ever I didnt pay any taxes in 86 because I didnt make any Worse he CNN picked up the early WFAA account and repeated it throughout the a bar rage never corrected and never In John news direc tor of said We were simply reporting what every other television station and newspaper in the state was reporting that that Williams had admitted he paid no income tax in Later that Miller WFAA changed the wording slightly to clarify the fact that Williams owed no taxes in The second news cast ended with further explanation of the issue and pointed out that Wil liams paid other taxes he Its possible that CNN took the early Miller although he was unaware that the network picked up either While professing to be no politi cal Williams said he was told that voters often tune out the cam paign until the final and events then take on special Most people dont give a so they start paying attention the last couple of weeks before the And all the rest of the battles are really minor compared to It was earlier in this same critical Williams that the Houston Chronicle published front page headlines alleging wrongdo ing at his Midland he when the newspaper had to back it down and it didnt the story was buried Robert Corley Pools Spas Call Today for free Estimate Any Shape or Size Is Your Pool Ready for Summer WE DO Acid Wash Weekly Service Repair Decks Repair Broken Tile Repair Cracks in Pool Locally Owned Operated Robert Corley 9643694 Quick Tax Refunds Are On The Way For People Who File Early We now offer special rates for Child Care and Earned Income Credit Call Or Stop By For More Information On Our Computer Processed Minimum Charge Holtman Company Certified Public Accountants 755 Loop 337 New Braunfels This year let your accountant handle o251182l on the back He said his campaign suffered from active bias and the Chronicle and WFAA stories are two examples that I dont mind putting right on top of the Chronicle Managing Editor Tony Pcdcrson said the newspaper stands behind the facts of the none of which ever were shown to be There was no retraction or clarifi cation on the back pages or else he Williams also said he made strong enemies when he attacked the states trial whom he said had made Texas the most litigious state in the Its poisoning the business cli he he he alienated the teachers union and numerous state workers because I believed in cutting back state His stance on such issues hurt him politically but those were positions that I thought were Williams acknowledged that the Richards camp probably succeeded in goading him into making damaging And he said he probably would have been more at ease running against a male opponent such as Jim It would have been a different he said of whom Richards defeated in the Of I dont know the Williams pointed out that he has spent most of his life in a total male one that included Tex as a military And then he went on to make his fortune in the oil and ranching Ann didnt really make me feel he I just think that a maleonmale is one battle and a male and female is Aside from the handshakeliar epi and Richards Williams had scant criticism of his for mer We fought a hard campaign with totally different he She is a Her appoint ments bear that I am a conserva My rhetoric bears that And the campaign was not the mudslinging affair characterized by the media and he It was It wasnt nearly as muddy as some other It just made for good This was a col orful conservative liberal race where both candidates have distinct wasnt that dirty It was hard Whats he he supports Richards and hopes she can provide the leadership to guide Texas through difficult But he would have done things If I had been my approach would have been battling to decrease the size of state government rather than increasing Taxes are going up and our income is That can mean only one thing to any even an Your stan dard of living is going down as you increase And I am on the 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