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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Port Arthur, Texas Candidates continue slams at opponents As vote nears Austin apr candidates for governor criss crossed the state accusing their opponents of lying and waging dirty Issue less campaigns As they tried to attract voters in tuesdays party primaries. On the democratic Side Texas attorney general Jim Mattox said in Harlingen that j state treasurer Ann Richards refuses to answer whether she has used illegal drugs because a i think very clearly it would have to be Richards refused to answer the drug ques it Don but lashed out at former gov. Mark v White and Mattox for failing to fully disclose their income tax returns a so the people of Texas could see where they have made r Money and How they have made both Mattox and White stepped up their attacks against Richards saying she has run negative Campaign ads against them to distract attention from the drug Issue. At an Austin news conference White said if Richards were a Man he might fight her because of her and that accuses him of a lining his pockets while in Public office. If a male opponent ran similar ads White said a i believe wed be in a fight. I would prefer not to do that but it seems like during it out with the old boy might be the Best Way despite Whites protests Richards said she would not withdraw the ads and said she has. Complained to the democratic party that Whites ads against her Are false. Meanwhile Mattox said he could support placing before voters a proposed constitutional ban against a state income tax a a proposal previously supported Only by Republican Kent Hance. A i think it May be necessary after in be seen what Bill Clements and Mark White have done with our tax Structure a Mattox said. Richards voting in Austin on the last Day of Absentee balloting said she was taking precautions after death threats were made against her but she planned no scheduling changes. On the gop Side Hance a running a Distant second in polls to Clayton Williams a said hell leave politics if he fails to win the nomination. Hance said he was confident that he will make a Runoff against front runner Williams but said if he loses the race he was unlikely to Ever again seek an elected or appointed Public office the Dallas morning news reported. Hance at a Campaign Stop in Harlingen criticized Williams plan to set up prison Boot Camps for Young drug offenders and pay them minimum wage to bust rocks. A you done to pay people to go to Hance said adding he would have private companies operate factories within prison Mauro admits to smoking pot Walls. Another Republican Tom Luce took aim at Williams saying the Midland oilman and rancher was taking voters for granted by running a Campaign based on slogans instead of issues. A the pulled out of the debates. He a not discussing the issues a Luce said after visiting a class at Lanier High school in san Antonio. Luce stressed the need for improving Public education saying preparing students for Good jobs is the key for their Success in the 21st Century. Another major Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Rains said his a upward momentum would propel him into a Runoff with Williams. Rains former Secretary of state said of Williams at a Mcallen news conference a a he a spent $8 million to create a John Wayne image. I know Clayton Williams i like Clayton Williams but Clayton Williams is no John a pro Choice Republican group applauded Luce and Rains for their stand against state legislation that would restrict a woman a right to an abortion. In the groups report card Rains got an a minus and Luce a a plus. Hance received an of minus for catering to the a most extreme anti Choice factions and Williams received a d. Fort Worth apr Garry Mauro seeking his third term As land commissioner told a newspaper he smoked marijuana while he was a Law school student. Mauro 41, made the remark during an interview in Austin with the fort Worth Star Telegram regarding the operation of his Agency and his political future. A look 20 years ago or 18 years ago a whenever it was i was in Law school a i tried marijuana but you know everybody tried it a Mauro told the newspaper. A i kind of wish i Hadnot done it now because i have to answer your question. But i did. In a the question of political candidates having Ever used illegal drugs has become a thorny Issue in the Texas democratic race for governor. State treasurer Ann Richards has refused to answer yes or no to the question saying her doing so might discourage substance abusers from seeking help. Mauro who was elected commissioner of the general land office in 1982, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law school in 1974. He is running unopposed in the democratic primary. Three candidates Wes Gilbreath Grady Yarbrough and William James John Are running for the gop nomination. The Star Telegram said the question came up during a discussion of the possible Impact Richards refusal to respond directly to the drug question might have on Down ballot democrats in the general election. Mauro said he believed past drug use be an Issue for him or other democratic candidates. He said drug questions a take a life of their own when you done to answer when asked if he had Ever used illegal drugs Mauro answered directly. A a in a like everybody else in College. I mean i tried marijuana and did no to like it i wished i Hadnot done it but i did a he said. Mauro graduated from Texas Aam University in 1970. He served As executive director of the Texas democratic party in 1979 and 1980. -41 Glidden Speed to Luster paint one gallon Speed Latex Wall and trim enamel covers up to 450 Square feet needs Only soap and water clean up. Country White a 124 ounce paint mixing available at no additional charge made in the sat so . 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