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Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 21. May 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5522.

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Date May 1980
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Transcript Mike Andrews (District 22): "God, I sound like John Wayne." "In my judgement, I'm obviously the progressive in the race." Proud of his past voting record in the state legislature, Joe Pentony says, "I voted 85 percent with the Harris County Women's Political Caucus in 1976, I was 100 percent with Common Cause, I had 100 percent with the State Teachers Association and 100 percent with the Texas Environmental Coalition." Pentony believes his record "qualifies me for Congress." Pentony speaks with energy, "In my second session, I passed more bills than anybody else in the Harris County delegation." As a member of Congress, he w™ts to reduce government bureaucracy and limit excessive campaign spending. "I would be for a congressional veto over bureaucratic rulemaking," says Pentony, who would also "pass a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of money that can be spent on congressional campaigns." Pentony feels that $100,000, total, for both primary and general election is, "enough to get known." Pentony says he was "appalled" at the amount of money, close to one million dollars, spent by all the candidates in the last city elections. Pentony adds that his opponent, Mike Andrews, with no political experience, is going to be "the big spender this time. He's going to go over $100,000." Pentony is also quick to point out that he has a "good record in terms of hiring minorities ... my legislative top aide was either a woman or black," during both sessions. On other issues: NATIONAL DEFENSE "I am not for increasing the national defense budget," states Pentony who does believe the funds should be rearranged somewhat. "I would attempt to cut all of the three to four billion dollars spent on defending other rich countries" and direct the funds towards "increasing our troop mobility and on troop transport," he says. On Iran: "Our response has been fairly rational and compassionate, although our moderate response has not worked. We may need to gradually escalate our pressure on the Iranians," Pentony says cautiously. Although he would support a naval blockade "if the president calls for it," he believes "we can achieve the same purpose without mining their harbors." WOMEN'S ISSUES "My record is the best on women's issues of anybody in the race. As a member of the House Calendar Committee in 1975, I was one of the floor members who stopped the recision of the state ERA, I killed it right there so it never got to the floor for a debate," Pentony says proudly. He also supports an exten- Bob Eckhardt (District 8): "I think the defense budget can be cut some." sion of the ERA, if it's necessary for its ratification. He is "against a constitutional ban on abortion," but he would "not vote for federal funding of abortions." On military registration, "I am against registering women for the draft. Let's face it, women don't have equal rights in America. It's unfair to give people equal responsibility when they don't have equal rights. If the ERA passes I'll have to take another look at my position. I am for the registration of men at this point but I'm not for the draft yet," says Pentony. RANDOM NOTES Pentony maintains that his progressive voting record in the state legislature distinguishes him from his opponents. "Andrews can talk a good game because he doesn't have a record," notes Pentony. Of Gammage, Pentony pointed out that his opponent is conservative as a Congressman and Gammage went so far as to "vote to take money out of the education department and put it in the defense budget," an action Pentony calls "disgraceful." On the question of energy, "Of the three people in the race, I am the least pro-nuclear. I would emphasize solar energy. I would push to give it a better tax credit. We only get a 20 percent tax credit for acquiring a solar unit. We need to raise that to 50 or 60 percent..." PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE "I'm not going to support either one of them." ENDORSEMENTS Harris County Democrats, Texas State Teachers Association, American Federation of Teachers, Jewish Herald Voice, ACORN, PASO. Bob Eckhardt, attorney and U.S. Representative since 1966. Fourteen years in Congress haven't dulled Bob Eckhardt's sense of purpose. He's running again, on his record and the issues. After a rather dry account on "a resolution of disapproval with respect to the present import fee on oil," Eckhardt describes his most recent bill concerning hazardous wastes. "It would provide that companies bear the cost of cleaning up their wastes and the responsibility for damages which occur for as long as that waste continues to be hazardous. It would also provide for matching funds out of general revenue for the purpose of cleaning up existing dump sites." NATIONAL DEFENSE "There are a lot of places where we ought to look very carefully as to whether or not that money is being Larry Washburn (District 8): "I certainly don't agree with Eckhardt's defense budget cuts." properly spent." He gives one example: "The armed forces recently purchased a number of machine guns but had the same machine guns in stock," says Eckhardt. "I voted against the B-1 bomber because that's an antiquated concept. . . If a nuclear warhead has to be carried, perish the thought ... it would be carried by transcontinental ballistic missiles, not by airplanes. . . " Eckhardt then points out that "all of us believe we should not err in the direction of making the U.S. weak. . . but the military is taking advantage of that reasonable caution on the part of the people and have, at times, wastefully expended money. In my opinion, the military budget can be cut some," he concludes. As to the situation in Iran, Eckhardt believes "Carter has done very well. I'm not in favor of mining the harbors or a naval blockade and I don't think he is either." WOMEN'S ISSUES "I would vote for the resubmission of the ERA. The extension, in effect, changes the original submission to a period of 10 years in which the states would be bound by the decision. It was a material change from the original submission and I found that to be unconstitutional. For that reason, I voted against the extension last time. I would again vote for a resubmission if it is needed and I am strongly in favor of the ERA," says Eckhardt. On the issue of federally funded abortions, Eckhardt states, "I have always felt when the rule is for persons generally, that to deprive poor people of exactly the same treatment is wrong. I've always opposed the Hyde amendment. Sometimes, to get bills through, I've had to vote in favor of modifications that have prevented the use of such funds, except to save the life of the mother. . . but my feeling is that there should be no restriction other than that which exists for everyone else." On the subject of military registration Eckhardt is inclined, "from the standpoint of women's rights, not to exclude women from registration if it is to be issued. However, I don't think registration is necessary at this time. But certainly, whatever happens, whether women are included in compulsory registration or not, those who elect to go into the services should be treated precisely the same as men," including combat duty, says Eckhardt. PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE "I will support the Democratic nominee. I cannot conceive of myself voting for Reagan." ENDORSEMENTS Harris County Democrats, Harris County Women's Political Caucus, Harris County Council of Organizations, PASO, ACORN. Larry Washburn, civil engineer. BA from Texas A&M Washburn's casual attitude gets downright sloppy at times. He claims he's "really not that concerned about the safety factors" involved in the production of nuclear energy. "They're getting better all the time." Other environmental issues don't really phase him either. "I haven't got any particular environmental issues that I'm more concerned about. Everybody is concerned about the environment." Washburn says he is running for Congress because he is unhappy with "just about everything" in reference to Eckhardt and points out that the National Tax Payers Association accused Eckhardt of being a big spender. Washburn later complains that Eckhardt "voted for cuts in the defense budget, across the board, on every opportunity . . . and I certainly don't agree with that." Washburn feels qualified for Congress because he's "certainly had plenty of experience in managing companies and I don't think I would have too much of a problem representing the people of this district." If elected, Washburn would try to limit the terms of U.S. representatives and senators. He would also reduce government regualtion on industries. "We need to turn our industries loose so they can produce what they need to produce with the least possible cost. Government regulation causes these costs to go up and the consumer ends up paying for it," says Washburn. NATIONAL DEFENSE Washburn is certain that the "money we have already allocated for our military is either not being spent right or we have not got enough in there yet, one of the two." On the situation in Iran, he feels "the president is handling that and as far as blockading the gulf or mining the gulf, he would probably be the best one to make that decision. . . I really don't know," says Washburn. WOMEN'S ISSUES Washburn would not vote for the extension of the ERA and says "There's plenty of legislation on the books that gives them that right ... I'm not against women's rights ... I just think it's unnecessary legislation. Talk to my wife, you're liable to get a different answer," he chuckles. Q. Are you in favor of the Supreme Court decision that guarantees a woman's right to have an abortion? A. Yes. Q. Do you support federal funding of abortions? A. No. Washburn says he "could be talked into supporting" the federal funding of abortions "in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother." Washburn supports military registration and conscription of men but doesn't see "any need for" the registration of women because they "have always volunteered." His gut reaction to women in combat: "No. I'm certainly not in favor of that." PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE "I haven't made up my mind yet. I assume at this particular point in time that Carter and Reagan are going to be the nominees but I'm not sure so I'm not going to make any decision until I find out who the two are going to be," says Washburn. ENDORSEMENTS "I haven't sought any endorsements." And he hasn't received any. MAY 1980 21