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Title Houston Breakthrough Special Election Issue, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1978
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Transcript BOB ECKHARDT Archer decided to run, he says, when he was approached by a committee that thought he was the best candidate to beat Eckhardt. "Most of the district has been unhappy for some time," says Billy Allen. "Eckhardt constantly votes against the district. He votes against the oil and gas industry and that is a vote against jobs for the district." Archer has accused Eckhardt of being out of touch with his district and voting with the Eastern states against the Sunbelt. "That is a ridiculous charge" Lower replies. "This is a working person's district and Eckhardt has been a leader in Congress in working persons' and con sumer issues and job protection. His AFL- CIO rating of 93% reflects that." Lower says that Eckhardt is anti- deregulation because Congress just won't buy it. He continues to search for an alternate way of protecting Texas' oil. Although Breakthrough made numerous attempts to find out Archer's position on women's issues, our calls to his headquarters were never returned. Billy Allen was unable to give any answers for her candidate, even on such a basic issue as the ERA. Eckhardt has been a strong supporter of women's issues. He is behind the ERA and extension of the time limit for ratification, although his Republican opponents are not. Wynn Norris feels, "Women are better protected under the constitution. I'm afraid that out of spite, women will be made subject to the draft." Nick Gearhart is "not satisfied with it in its present form. I would like to see a revision." Eckhardt believes that reform of rape and homosexuality laws are state issues. Gearhart aggrees with him on homosexuality, while Norris comments, "I don't believe anybody should be persecuted, but I would want some restriction. I don't think homosexuals should be able to adopt children because their behavior is not normal and shouldn't be allowed to perpetuate." Both Republican candidates feel the rape law should be revised but agree that the vicitm's past sexual experience should be admissable in court. "I feel it might be restricting the individual's rights," says Norris, not to allow such evidence. "District 8 is made up of families who must have two persons working to live," Lower points out. "That is why the Congressman has always supported child-care with fees adjustable to the family income." Gearhart and Norris also support child-care, which Gearhart calls "a must." Norris adds, "it will overcome a definite lack of opportunity that exists in society, especially for single-parent families." "I feel abortion, under most circumstances, should be an illegal act, because I believe it is killing an individual," says Norris. "The only time I think it's OK is if a woman's life is in danger. With effective family planning and encouragement- of vasectomies, we wouldn't need abortions." Gearhart supports abortion in cases of rape and incest but feels, "There are many unanswered questions about abortion. If uncontrolled, it might contribute to the dehumanization of women." Eckhardt has voted in favor of federally-funded abortions for poor women and Lower says he "supports the Supreme Court decision and any legislation within that ruling." Both Gearhart and Eckhardt believe that pregnancy should be treated as a temporary illness. Norris says, "Women should have job protection but not paid leave, unless a woman was widowed while she was pregnant." All the candidates agree that women have been discriminated against in jobs, voting, wage reform and credit. Gearhart points out that "the worst discrimination of all is the arrest of prostitutes and not their patrons." Both Republicans believe that dangerous jobs and those which require physical strength are more suited to men but add, "it's up to the choice of the woman." , Most of Eckhardt's staff are women, in including his administrative and legislative aides. "He believes women can do any job," says Lower, pointing out that "throughout his structure, women occupy every position. For example, we have one male caseworker and one female. There is a good representation of minorities and salaries are equal." Neither Norris nor Gearhart has a paid staff, but Gearhart states that he "absolutely, positively will have women (on his staff) although I don't want a quota system because I think it's degrading." "I feel that women with equal qualifications have been relegated to clerical positions in Congress," Norris says. "Statistically they make much less than the men. I don't believe sex should enter into qualifications. My staff will have women in positions of authority with pay and salary commensurate with males." While Eckhardt would support implementation of the Title IX legislation, Norris would not. "I feel girls would be pushed into things they are not capable of," he says. Gearhart doesn't see anything wrong with Title IX, but is concerned about sports. He told Breakthrough, "We shouldn't go overboard on these things." Of all the candidates polled, Gearhart alone would agree to involuntary sterilization, "in the case of a 26-year-old woman with a ten year old mentality and only if it was a court ruling." Although Gearhart did not like the National Women's Conference, "because it was run in an elitist manner," Eckhardt approved in principle. "He did feel that the funding was too much for one faction," Lower says. "The Congressman feels the very nature of federal funding means all sides should have total representation." Eckhardt's liberal voting record has (continued on page 26) SHAWN __, CASEY! FOR COUNTY JUDGE DEMOCRftI Dear Friends, It's an election year and Feminism is once again immensely popular. You've surely noticed the large number of political candidates rushing to join our ranks, eager to proclaim their support for women's rights, vowing they've always cared. Unfortunately, when the political dust settles, too often the rhetoric disappears, the token gestures cease, and the concern evaporates. Luckily, there is an exception this year in the race for County Judge. Shawn Casey is a candidate whose commitment preceded his campaign and whose present statements are backed by past actions. Shawn's involvement with feminist activities goes back four years. He has raised funds for and promoted issues that we all care about. Shawn's support is not an election-year phenomenon. For that reason, those of us who support and work for women's rights, in every year and all seasons, urge your support for Shawn Casey for County Judge in the Democratic Primary, May 6. Shawn Casey has earned that support. Yours for equality, Helen Cassidy Marion Coleman Poppy Northcutt Dr. Nikki Van Hightower Pol adv pd for by Shawn Cotey tor County Judge Bob Co»ey Jr urer P O Box 61171 Houston Tenos 77208 Labor Donated Michael David PECK Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, Position 2 Democratic Primary Unopposed • Native Houstonian • Practicing Attorney • Fully Certified & Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer Paid for by Michael D. Peck Campaign, 6107 Hummingbird, Houston, Tx 77096, Marvern D. Lusky, Treas. APRIL 1978 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 25