New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday Afternoon, January 5,1993
Serving Comal County/ Home of Noble Stewart
Vol. 141, No. 33, - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Mr. KRUEGER GOES TO WASHINGTON
Gov. Richards picks Comal County politician to fill empty Senate position
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Comal County native-son Bob Krueger will be sworn in as the U. S» senator to replace Sen. Lloyd Bentsen at noon today on the floor of the Texas House Chamber.
Prior to his election to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1990, Krueger served as an ambassador, congressman, university dean and chief executive officer.
In spite of reservations by many Democrats who say Krueger isn't strong enough to be elected in the special election this May, John Curtis, chairman of the Comal County Democratic Party said, MI think he's very electable. He doesn’t have some of the political baggage some of the others have. He has a statewide network and the fundraising ability. He could have won over John Tower if one vote had changed in each precinct."
As of Sunday, Krueger and U.S. Representative Jim Chapman were seen as the two finalists for the appointment. Chapman is a Sulphur Springs attorney who was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 198S when Senator Phil Gramm tried to engineer the election of a Republican to the House by appointing then Representative Sam Hall to a federal judgeship.
The plan was to get a Republican elected in a special election in a
Bob Krueger began his political career in 197S as a member of the Texas delegation in the U. S. House of Representatives.
During that time he was voted "the most effective" of the 92 new members in Congress. Newsweek said of him: "Krueger’s success has established him as the oil and gas industry’s most persuasive defender — and a man to be reckoned with politically." The New York Times wrote: "Men and women who have been around Congress for years say that they cannot remember another freshman House member gaining such stature in such a short time." He served in the House until 1979.
Krueger then served as U. S. ambassador-at-large and coordinator for Mexican affairs during Carter’s administration. His responsibilities included "any and all matters directly or indirectly affecting Mexico." He was the chairman of the Senior Interagency Task Group on U.S. Policy — working with the assistant secretaries of state, energy, defense, justice and other cabinet
Most recently, Krueger has served as a Texas Railroad Commissioner since 1991. Prior to his time in public service, Krueger was an executive in various businesses and a teacher and administrator at Duke University.
He was a Resident Fellow in Extractive Industries at North Texas State University, the Lloyd M. Bentsen. Jr., Professor of Business — Government Relations in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Radislov Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs at Rice University and Distinguished University Lecturer in Political Science at Southern Methodist University.
He is also an author with a book, magazine articles, and a newspaper column to his credit
Krueger is married to the former Kathleen Tobin of Bandera, Texas. They have two daughters, Mariana and Sarah, and live in New Braunfels.
traditionally democratic district in a non-Presidential year, thereby proving that Republicans could win in any southern district.
Gramm and Lee Atwater teamed up against Jim Wright and Lloyd Bentsen in the fight. Ultimately the Republican candidate lost when some of his comments showed a lack of understanding of some issues and because Chapman focused his campaign on the social security
Chapman also had the financial support of Democrats at the state and national level. His image has suffered more recently due to his loyalty to Jim Wright and the perception that he is too conservative — he has voted in favor of amendments which would allow discrimination in the workplace against anyone known to have AIDS.
Some of this political "baggage"
may have affected Governor Richards* selection, but vacating a ■ House seat to fill a Senate seat could have left her with the same problem on a slightly smaller scale.
With Krueger as the replacement, the Democrats only lose a state railroad commissioner for the time being — though they still face a tough race in May.
There does not appear to be complete agreement on the selection
Comal County politician Bob Kruogor is to ba sworn in at noon today to fin Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s vacant senatorial seat.
of Krueger, and it's likely several other Democrats will run for the seat. The lack of a clear leader in that race
for the Democrats could mean opportunities for Republican candidates.Local Democrats laud naming of Krueger for vacant Senate slot
By ROSE MARIE EASH Blaff Writer Local Democrats were happy with Governor Richards choice for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. Lloyd Bentsen.
"He's a person of integrity," said John Curtis, chairman of the Comal County democratic party. "I think he'll do a lot to restore the image of Democrats in the state and a lot for New Braunfels.
Curtis made reference to the damage that Lena Guerrero did to the Democratic Party
when she was found to have lied about her academic achievements. Guerrero’s failure to live up to great expectations hurt Democrats in the state he said. He noted that her fall was
especially painful because of the national exposure she got as a bright, upcoming Hispanic woman in the party.
"I think it’s great for the Democratic Party — he’s the one candidate Democrats can rally around,’’ said Curtis."
Christina Zamora, who served her first day as a Comal County Commissioner yesterday
said, "Oh, that’s great, wonderful. I’m very happy for him and wish him the best. We’ll be rooting for him. It's great to have someone from New Braunfels — we'll all stand behind him."
Zamora will join other local officials including County Judge Carter Casteel in Austin tomorrow for the swearing in ceremonies.
Casteel said. "We're very proud to have Bob in our community and we’re proud of his long commitment to public service for
our state. I appreciate him and I'm excited that the Governor has selected someone from New Braunfels. Bob Krueger is a super intelligent, caring individual. Our community can only be proud that she selected him."
Krueger will only serve until a special election is held in May unless he can get elected. Although the community is generally happy with the selection, some local Republicans were reserved in their comments.
"Republicans offer congratulations to Bob
Krueger as he receives a temporary senatorial appointment," said Robbie Botchers. Republican county chairman. "But in the position of the loyal opposition we understand full well the need to field a high caliber republican candidate in the May special election."
Kay Bailey Hutchison, state treasurer. Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis and Congressman Jack Fields of Houston are the leading republican contenders according to Borchers.
Kuempel, Wentworth meet with county officials concerning legislative changes
By ROBE MARIE EABH Blaff Writer
Representative Edmund Kuempel and Senator-elect Jeff Wentworth were in town yesterday to meet with Judge Carter Casteel. Commissioner J. L. "Jumbo" Evans and the county engineer regarding proposed changes to subdivision legislation.
"We invited them over to discuss the subdivision legislation," said Casteel. "We told them what we wanted and why we wanted it. They were very receptive."
Some of the changes concerning subdivisions proposed by the Comal County Commissioners include:
•Requiring the preparation of a plat whenever any division of a tract occurs unless exempt under county authority.
•Eliminating exemption of manufactured home rental
communities from county regulation.
•Eliminating the requirement to publish notice of revisions of subdivision plat where the resultant
tracts are of greater acreage than the originals.
"They presented about half a dozen suggestions," said Senator-elect Jeff Wentworth. "I didn’t see a single thing they presented that didn't make good sense. 1*11 prepare legislation that will include all their proposed changes."
"One very significant change we asked for pertained to the state laws requiring bids for purchase of road materials," said Commissioner J. L. "Jumbo" Evans. "The cost of the rock is minimal, but every mile is very expensive. The cost of the material at the site is transportation costs primarily. State law says you can only accept the lowest bid. We could save the taxpayers an awful lot of money if we could accept more than one bid price and then use our judgment on what is truly the end lowest price."
The change Evans commented on is proposed for the Purchasing and Contracting Authority of Counties
section of the Texas Local Government Code. The commissioners recommended adding an item to the competitive bidding pan under exemptions which would allow the county to accept other than the lowest bid for materials exceeding $10,000 where transportation costs would make the net cost higher.
Wentworth also spoke of holding “town meetings" in New Braunfels sometime this month. He said he would like an open forum to listen to people and answer questions.
"We only meet five months out of the 24 we're elected to serve." said Wentworth. "To me that two-way communication between people and their representatives is critical."
Wentworth plans to be in New Braunfels this month and will probably host the "town meeting" in Comal County Commissioners Court. He said he would like to hear
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Free adult education classes
Initial registration for all adult education classes is Jan. 6, ll, or 13 for Monday and Wednesday classes and Jan. 5, 7, 12 or 14 for Tuesday and Thursday classes at the designated site of the class. All classes are sponsored by the local school districts, Texas Education Agency
and the Literacy Council. These classes are continuous, and students may register at any class meeting.
Lone Star Elementary, 144 Hidalgo:
OED • Monday and Wednesday from 7 • 9 pm. ESL • This class is for adults who wish to learn to read, write and speak English as well as participants who pit seeking permanent-resident status through the amnesty program. Certificates of Satisfactory Pursuit are given after 40 hours of instruction. Monday and Wednesday from 7 • 9 pm.
New Branfels High School, Room C:
GED • Tuesday i Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m. Community Service Center, 202 South Street: GED • Monday through Thursday from 9 arn.
to 4 pm. ESL • Monday and Wednesday from 7 •9 pm.
Bulverde: For more information concerning GED/ESL/Amnesty classes call Nancy Poe at 980-7854.
Mountain Valley; For more information concerning GED/ESL/Amnesty classes, call Ann Toussaint at 833-5336 or 885-7674.
Free tutors are available to any adult 17 years or older who needs to learn to read.- Please call 629-2731 or 620-6200 Monday through Friday from 9 am. to 4 pm. or 658-1050 Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm.
For more information about any of these programs, call 629-2731,620-6200 or 658-5936.
Bush wins Medal of Mediocrity
AP) — President Bush beat out Woody Allen, Vice President Dan Quay Ie and the Postal Service for the Millard Fillmore Society's Medal of Mediocrity." Fresh from the flutter of a million yellow ribbons and a 90 percent approval rate, President Bush belly-flopped like a wounded swan into the lake of American despair," said Phil Arkow, vice president of the group.
The black swans in Lands Park swim through the morning mist in front of the old LORA power building. (Photo by John Huseth)For Ilium' Delivery Call 625-9144