Tower Burnout

Widening the eyes of Texas

When John Tower was asked last week what prompted his surprise decision not to seek a fifth term in the Senate, his reply was as sharp as the British-tailored suits he wears. "The idea of serving for another six years," he said. As the Texas Republican explained it to friends, he was simply "burned out."

There were, no doubt, other factors prompting Tower's retirement. With voter sentiment in Texas becoming ever more Democratic, he may not have relished the looming hard campaign. He greatly resented Senators, many of them independently...

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