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McConn is a former city
council member who did not seek
re-election for a third term in
1975 because financial problems
had hit home building business
during the recession. The Ginther
people said his firm is bankrupt,
so McConn is not "fiscally responsible." McConn countered that although he was in debt, he will repay it all, and at least he had
never taken formal bankruptcy as
Ginther once did. "If you get in
trouble as mayor of Houston,
you're, hopefully, not going to be
able to declare bankruptcy,"
McConn and Ginther have
fought each other hard, sparring
over the minorities and moderate
to liberal part of the spectrum
which Briscoe has trouble
attracting. They battled to a draw
over the blacks. The Harris County Council of Organizations split
and endorsed no one formally.
Vice president Zollie Scales Jr.
charged that Ginther supporters
tried to buy his support with an
expensive, new car. The Forward
Times jumped on McConn's city
council record. Then the Black
Organization for Leadership Development endorsed McConn,
while the black Baptist ministers
gave the nod to Ginther.
McConn has more experience in city government than any
of his opponents and doesn't
seem as much the creature of the
slick media manipulators as Ginther. He appears honest and decent, if not brilliantly creative.
Some liberals feel he may not be
great, but he has a much better
chance of knocking off Briscoe in
a run-off than Ginther, because
Briscoe could harp on Ginther's
McConn is the number two
spender in the race (he even put
an ad in Time). Insiders expect his
effort to cost at least $300,000.
Dick Gottlieb is the Hubert
Humphrey of Houston politics.
He came close once, in 1973 a-
gainst Hofheinz, and is still running. This is his third race, and no
one doubts him when he says, "I
don't know of anyone in your
city who wants to be mayor more
than I do." Like Hubie, Gottlieb,
a former city council member and
television personality, has kept his
sense of humor, opening the
League of Women Voters' forum
with "I'm going to do this thing
until I do it right."
He appeals to the same sort
of voter as Briscoe, basically conservative, but has little big time
support due to his track record.
Gottlieb will probably spend less
than $10,000 but is almost assured of fourth place because of
his name recognition.
Gottlieb would not retain a
women's advocate if elected.
Bette Graham White
and the Seven Dwarfs
On the surface, Bette Graham White seems to have political
savvy. She was co-ordinator of
volunteers for Hofheinz in 1975
and has worked in several winning
campaigns. Her husband is big in
public relations, and she says she
will spend between $30,000 and
But her political involvement has been superficial, many
say. And she almost lost her race
foT community development commissioner for Montrose and the
Fourth Ward to gay activist Pokey
Anderson, who ran as a write-in.
At a gathering to honor Montrose's liberal state Rep. Ron
Waters, she was caught completely
off guard by his endorsement of
Ginther. She reportedly lost her
cool and stormed out. There is
nothing wrong with being upset
by not getting an endorsement,
but not knowing what was coming
suggests she is still somewhat of
White sounds very liberal
and progressive, but one wonders
what she has in mind when she
talks of "bringing the churches into the administration of the city."
Much of her support comes from
her association with charismatic
She would enhance the
power of the women's advocate,
she says, and would create others
for groups such as children. And
perhaps a sizeable vote for her
would show that many agree with
White "it's about time" Houston
had women in high office.
The other seven hopefuls
are just that-hopefuls. God told
Arthur E. Abrego to seek the
mayor's post, or so he says. The
29-year-old X-ray technician borrowed part of the $1,250 filing
fee on his add-cash checking account. "If I can get some more
donations, I'll spend $500," he
said of his uphill battle. As for the
women's advocate, "her duties-I
didn't really understand them."
He says, nonetheless, he would
create three women's advocates-
one each for blacks, Chicanas and
Ovide Duncantell is the only
black in the contest and may draw
the most of the remaining seven
candidates. He says his pitch will
cost less than $5,000. A long-time
political gadfly and former aide to
County Commissioner Tom Bass,
he may not be far off when he
says the police get away with
what they do because of the unholy alliance of the Chamber of
Commerce, the 100 Club and the
Houston Police Association. He
supports the women's advocate.
Manuel Velasco is the other^
Mexican-American in the race
One-upping Briscoe, whose roots
go back to Stephen F. Austin's
Fort Bend County colony, Velasco brags that his family has been
here "since the Treaty of Velasco,
when Texas became Texas."
Asked about the women's advocate, he said, "As mayor, I will be
advocating for all the people."
But the middle-aged ethnic stands
little chance with what an aide
said is a war chest of less than
"If you could control the
police, you'd have a lot less
crime," socialist worker Diane
Sarge said. The corporate aristocracy is the cause of most of our
problems, she claims. Sarge would
expand the job of women's advocate and create similar positions
for others. Less than $5,000 will
be spent on her campaign and that
of two other socialist worker candidates, she said.
Allen Vogel claims the endorsement of the Libertarian party (there are no official party candidates, since the city charter
mandates non-partisan election).
He is the logical extension of the
theory of government that less is
more and believes, therefore, a
women's advocate would be
superfluous in his administration.
"However, I'm not sure it
wouldn't be necessary in another
administration." Vogel says he'll
spend less than $2,500.
Dana McNatt enjoys the
support of the Nazi party. Asked
if women would have a larger role
than present in his regime, he
seemed startled and then said, yes,
they would. "So many good
things have been said about women throughout history-behind
every good man there's a woman.
That sort of thing," he said,
adding there were many high
ranking women in Nazi Germany,
"... I can't remember any,
but. . ."
Larry Robinson rounds
out the list. The most amazing
thing about this successful young
businessman is thathe will spend,
according to campaign manager
Andy Wooten, $50,000 on the
lost cause. Of the women's advocate, he believes "the position is
warranted but on a smaller
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