The House: Personalities on Stage

Halloween in Houston

Before the 70 first-graders at Stephens Elementary School north of Houston could perform a Halloween pageant for their families last week, Democratic Congressman Bob Eckhardt and Republican Challenger Jack Fields, 28, put on their own show.

Fields, a vice president of his family's cemetery company, started by declaring: "Eckhardt represents everything that is wrong with this country. He would destroy the free enterprise system and destroy the work ethic." Charged Fields of the seven-term incumbent: "He voted nine times for busing [to desegregate schools]. He voted against the B-l bomber....

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