Texas Tale

A shotgun approach to p.r.

Mike Martin is a piece of work. He was rated one of the ten worst legislators in the state by Texas Monthly magazine—in his first term. His mania for publicity alarmed even close associates. Says Leslie Smith, Martin's former public relations spokesman: "He was always intent on staging something to show himself as the clean-cut Christian battling the forces of evil." But Martin's earlier stunts were trifling compared with what happened at 2 a.m. on July 31.

Returning to his mobile home in Austin, the Republican representative was struck in the left arm by three buckshot pellets from...

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