Tennessee's B. (for Brazilla) Carroll Reece, 56, is something of a rarity in politics: a popular and successful Republican below the Mason and Dixon Line. In his 24 years as a Representative from Tennessee's almost solidly Republican northeast corner, he has authored little legislation, rarely starred in debate.

This week wealthy, conservative Carroll Reece, a World War I hero, also became something of a rarity in GOPolitics. He was willing to quit Congress and serve without pay as chairman of the Republican National Committee, succeeding Herbert Brown ell. Abler, more popular men —notably Indiana's Charles Halleck and Ohio's Clarence...

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