Getting Down and Dirty

In races around the nation, candidates for Governor are attacking their opponents instead of debating issues

Five months ago, Clayton Williams, Republican candidate for Governor of Texas, took a pledge: "No more mud." His Democratic rival, state treasurer Ann Richards, said amen to the goal of a clean campaign. Those good intentions lasted no longer than a firefly's twinkle. No sooner had the vows been made than both candidates began hurling misleading accusations, tossing insults and making absurd pledges of no new taxes in a state facing a budget deficit of at least $3 billion.

Instead of suggesting how Texas can devise a court-ordered overhaul of its school-financing system, Williams' forces have bombarded the electorate with commercials...

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