A Jolt for Richards

Despite a well-publicized bout with alcoholism ten years ago, Texas State Treasurer Ann Richards had become a rising star among Democrats. Until several days ago, she was a front runner in this week's Democratic primary. Then Richards' campaign was jolted by her refusal to answer questions on whether she has ever used illegal drugs. Replying, she contended, could discourage other addicts from seeking help. Her Democratic opponents, former Governor Mark White and Attorney General Jim Mattox, were quick to attack Richards for her evasiveness. If she becomes the nominee, she can expect a far tougher going-over from the Republicans.


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