Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 12, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 12, 1974—SEVENTY-TWO PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
23c SUNDAY + Ic Sute Said TaxTaylor Republicans Resolve to Back Nixon...
By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News Assistant Editor
Taylor County Republicans in their Saturday afternoon convention voted, with a few quiet “noes,” a resolution strongly supporting President
Nixon and calling for a quick end to any impeachment proceedings.
The GOP delegates, in : sparsely-attended session a the Abilene Public Library shouted down a floor resolu
tion sharply critical of the nation's news media in general and The Abilene Reporter* News in particular and by lame.
The media resolution, offered from the floor by former
Jack McGlothlin, left, chairman of the nominations committee during the Taylor County Republican Convention Saturday, discusses events with Dr. Rod Cannedy, Taylor County GOP candidate for county judge. (Staff Photo by John Davis)
Nixon Vows Never to Quit, Wants Issue Ended Promptly
STILLW ATER. Okla. (AP) look forward to a more peace- evidence to Congress” — a
— Vowing he would “never ful world where people of all statement greeted by a smat-
give up.” President Nixon nations work together in the tering of boos — and added:
came to America's heartland common cause of bettering “I trust the House of Repre-
Saturday night and told a urn- mankind. sedatives will act promptly ...
varsity commencement croud Only once in his 35-minute so the President and Congress
that Congress should promptly address did Nixon refer direct- can get on with the people s
dispose of the impeachment Iv to efforts to oust him from business, as we should.”
iNSue. As a warm spring twi- the nation's highest office, a1- The crowd was generally
Ii :ht .settled on Oklahoma though he acknowledged that quiet, but a few shout;, such as
State University's football some in the stadium crowd of - pay Vour taxes” and “liar”
radium, Nixon told the gradu- about 25,000 “obviously disap- could be heard as Nixon
aflng class: “What a great prove of the speaker.” spoke,
time for a new generation.” The President declared that ,T - , t PrPMdfnt
He said the graduates could he had "presented all of ll* Rober, Ka,;,m had banned
signs and placards from the I it tiff A Tnt! AV stadium: and in introducing
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come to campus “as President
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treated with “the affection
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Ford Says He Told President No Contingency Plan Exists
DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Vice doesn’t believe he is guilty,” Asked if his staff was pre-
President Gerald R. Ford said Ford sajd at the Dallas air- paring contingency plans in
Saturday he has told President t the event he became presi-
Nixon that the government * dent, Ford said:
isn’t “about to sink” and said Fords remd,ks Cdme ai> the “if they are doing it, they
tie is not preparing any contin- President's daughter and son- are doing it without my knowl-
gency plans in the event he in-law Julie and David Eisen- edge or consent. I do not sit
should become president. bower told a White Huu-e around thinking about what
Ford repeated again his b<*. new* conference the President rd do. .. W hat I do now presets that Nixon is innocent of would not resign. She said her pares me for any contingen-
wrongdoing in Watergate and father would fight impeach- Cy.”
win nut resign and said that went through a Senate trial Foi^ flew to Dallas for a
his hour-long conference with “even if there were only one $l00-airiate GOP fund-raising
ttv President on Friday was senator who believed him.” dinner.'
arranged after news reports Ford spoke at a Dallas air- Saying again that the Pre.M*
said he had attacked Nixon in port news conference Satur* dent would not resign. Ford
a speech. day night after delivering a said it would be “worst of all”
“I don't think it s fair to the commencement address ear- if Nixon should step aside
President for him to resign lier in the day at Texas A&M temporarily under provisions
with the inference that he and attending a Republican of the 25th Amendment, which
nught be guilty when he party function in Houston. provides for such a possibility.
GOP county chairman Jim Templeton and seconded by Marcus Anderson, labeled local radio and television “squawking parrots” and called the newspaper “a sheep among sheep.”
Templeton, who did not explain that last characterization, said his resolution was “partly serious and part in levity.” .Several speeches for and against it were made.
COUNTY GOP Chairman Paul Washburn Sr., named convention chairman, commented during the debate, “I wonder if we came here to
work the media over or to take care of party business.”
Fifty-five delegates and alternates from the precincts of Hie county attended the convention, a fraction of the eligible number. Spectators and reporters swelled the convention crowd to 69 in the early part of the meeting.
The 55 elected 46 delegates and 46 alternates to the state convention in Houston in September.
While they voted strongly their support of President Nixon as voiced in a resolution reported by the committee on resolutions, the problems be
setting the President were obviously on GOF minds.
DR. ROD CANNEDY, Hat
(lin-Simmons professor and GOF nominee for county judge, first brought the Watergate problems out in the open during a brief keynote address.
Dr. Cannedy listed reasons he was running for judge-bc-lief in the two-party principle and belief “it should begin at the courthouse,” “the need to break up the clique in that octopus building,” need to bring to light some local prob-l e rn s —a n d “the need to
cleanse our image of Watergate.”
Dr. Cannedy cited the attendance at the county convention as evidence that Watergate has hurt the party.
“If ever there was a time Republicans need to stand together it is this year,” Dr. Cannedy said.
“I am uneasy about the Washington situation,” he continued. “I don’t know where the final responsibility will fall. But we need to get out and go to work—we have no
See WASHBURN, Pg. ISA, Cfi. I
...Demos Condemn Him
Gov. Briscoe's 'Unity' Petiton Is Rejected
By JERRY REED
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Taylor County Democrats strongly censured President Nixon and his administration and rejected Gov. Dolph Briscoe's “unity” petition Saturday afternoon in their convention at the Taylor County Coliseum.
The convention also elected 46 delegates and 46 alternates to the Democratic state convention in September in Austin.
One resolution said that “the Democratic Party of Taylor County...condemn(s) the administration for the following activities..
(1) Burglarizing of Daniel Ellsburg's psychiatrists office.
(2) Receiving and sending illegal contributions.
(3) Committing perjury.
(4) Committing obstruction of justice.
(5) Committing income tax evasion.
(6) Committing the burglary of National Democratic Party Headquarters.
“WE FURTHER condemn the President of the United States for horrible mismanagement of our domestic policies and our economy in general...” the Nixon resolution read in part.
A resolution requesting Gov. Briscoe to lead the Texas delegation to the National Democratic “mini-convention” in December failed 72-56. Briscoe, Sen. Lloyd Bent sen, National Democratic Chairman Robert Strauss and State Democratic Chairman Calvin Guest were lauded in the proposed resolution.
The close vote drew one of the sharpest lines between voter factions at the convention. Virtually all Democrats under 30 voted against the Briscoe resolution and added enough older allies to carry the issue.
NEARLY ALL young Democrats also voted for the Nixon censure, but their cohesion was not vital to the resolution's success, A majority of older voters also favored the statement.
Selecting delegate.' to the state convention was the most time-consuniing item. Confusion about which precincts were entitled to how much representation caused much of the delay.
Eleven precincts did not qualify for representation since they did not send official delegate lists to County Chairman Larry Cunningham. And two more elected delegates only to have none show at the Coliseum gathering.
Tentative pairings included several precincts which had forfeited representation. These were reshuffled on the convention floor. Twenty precincts were allowed one vote each (based on a minimum of 300 Democratic votes for the gubernatorial nominee in the last general election) and 16 other precincts were paired off into eight caucuses with one vote each.
The 28 precinct-level delegates thus chosen amounted to three less than anticipated by the nominations committee. which had the responsibility of picking a slate of at-large delegates to fill out the rest of the 46-member delegation.
When it developed that only four of the precinct caucus choices for delegates were women, Sally England told permanent chairman Davis Scarborough, “That's not ex-
See DEMUS, Pg. 14A, Lol. I
Count at the caucas
Dr. Harold Wilkinson, chairman of Democratic Precinct ll. takes a vote during a caucus Saturday at the Taylor County Democratic Convention in the county’s Coliseum. The delegation passed a strong anti-Nixon resolution. (Staff Photo by John lest)
American Party Resolutions Reiterate Impeachment Call
By JOHN GANDY Reporter-News Staff Writer
Members of the Taylor County American Party at their county convention Saturday unanimously passed six resolutions, including three1 calling for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
Other resolutions passed at the convention, held in the oi-fice of Dr. W. Irby Fox at 1227 N. Mockingbird, included opposing the U. S. efforts in clearing the Suez Canal oi debris, keeping the Panama Canal and demanding Congress get an accounting of soldiers w ho were reported missing in action in Southeast Asia.
FOX. THE party's county chairman, said the resolutions had been passed at the foul
precinct conventions of the American Party last Saturday. They will be taken to the state party convention in Fort Worih June S.
The IO persons who attended the county convention all will be eligible to attend the state convention in Fort Worth.
Fox also passed out petitions calling for the name of Sam .McDonnell. American Party candidate for governor, to be pui on the state ballot in November. The party needs Jti.IWO signatures in order to be assured Of a ballot sj>ot
June 30 is the deadline for submitting the petition. Fox said. and any person who has been a resident of the county for JU days or more who did not vote in e t her the Democratic or Kepubbcan prima
ries ami is registered to vote is eligible to sign.
FDX SAID the party will be “a constant opposition for the socialists, big government and special interests” in the future. He said the party is hurt this year because it has no national candidates such as George Wallace in 1968.
Historically, he said, major parties have been forced to shift to the policies of a third patty when their policies became popular.
“The people who run the Democratic and Republican pattie# know this,” he said.
Ile said many citizens don t understand the electoral process, and *,aid it was either the fault ut parents or the public schools.