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March 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Color of dogs’ tails

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I filed as a candidate for the Texas House of Representatives against longtime Texas House member Skeet Richardson. None of us got elected, which didn’t surprise any of us, but we did create a strong enough party organization that two years later, Tarrant County elected a Republican as state senator. I think she was the first Republican from Tarrant County elected to public office.

I was the Tarrant county yard sign chairman for a young U.S. representative named George H.W. Bush, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in 1964. Campaigning in that election gave me the opportunity to meet many prominent people in the Tarrant County area. I was selected several times by the Tarrant GOP leadership to pick up prominent people at the DFW airport and show them around our area. One of those persons was George W.H. Bush, who was then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

In 1984, I retired from law practice and moved to Weatherford. (I planned on that retirement to be permanent, but due to my two sons and one son-in-law going to law school, it turned out to be temporary.) At that time there were only two Parker County elected officeholders that would admit to being a Republican, justices of the peace Faye Murphy and Susie Merkly. Believing it very important to get competent people in public office, some of my friends and I, including Roy J. Grogan and Roger Williams, formed an organization which we named Citizens for Good Government.

Our goal was to select good candidates for public offices in our area, encourage them to file for office and assist them in their campaigns. We did that for several years and were successful in almost every campaign in which we got involved.

In 1996, the late Preston Geren Sr., father of then U.S. Rep. Pete Geren, asked me to assist Fort Worth Mayor Kay Granger in our area in her election campaign for the U.S. Congress. Democrat (in name only) Rep. Pete Geren had announced that he was not going to file for reelection and Pete’s father wanted us to assist in getting a competent Republican to succeed his son in that office and his choice was Granger. So I assisted Granger in our Parker County area. As you know, she won that race and every one since then.

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