A Cowpoke for Governor?

Clayton Williams' folksy campaign catches on with Texas voters

With his gray Resistol hat and black ostrich-skin boots, the folksy gubernatorial candidate working the food line in a Tyler cafeteria last week looked every bit the old-time Texas cowboy that he is. And the campaign pledges that he rattled off in a gravelly West Texas drawl were just what plenty of voters in the Lone Star State want to hear.

"Double the prisons . . . boot camps for first-felony offenders . . . fight drugs from every direction," urged Republican Clayton Williams. "Free college tuition for good kids from at-risk families . . . better vocational training . ....

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