Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 11, 2020 19:43:41 GMT
9:29 PM CST, Tuesday, November 4th, 1986
Clements Campaign HQ, Austin, TX.
Inside his hotel room watching the returns, former Governor Clements had been in close contact with Karl Rove on the latest developments as the numbers kept coming in (El Paso was going to take long to count their votes due to being in the MST zone) "Karl. Any new developments on how the numbers are coming in from Houston, seeing that we can get GOP votes overpowering the opposition in Harris County ?" Rove responded "Governor, not yet sir. But we have swept the DFW Metroplex, dominated East TX including the majority of West TX & the TX Panhandle. We're getting closer to victory & I'll keep you informed on anything coming up sir." Clements responded "Good. Let's keep it up!" Sitting next to him was his wife, Rita, who was his closest political adviser & whom many considered one of the most influential politically active TX First Ladies ever in the state's history: she noticed some crossover support from disgruntled conservative Dems, who weren't thrilled with the broken promises of the White administration & she was working on a victory speech with her husband, assuming that victory was coming close....
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 11, 2020 19:51:37 GMT
9:36 PM CST, Tuesday, November 4th, 1986
Driskill Hotel, Austin,TX.
People began gathering inside the ballroom of the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin as they had learned former Governor Clements had regained lead with 90% of the statewide precincts; some grumbled under their breaths muttering "Oh SHIT! Clements is back again ?" assuming the worst was coming fast as reports showed Clements beginning to pull away & one particular TV journalist decided to get over to one of the telephone booths & began to do one of the most stupidest things ever... inaccurately projecting Clements won a 2nd non-consecutive term as Governor....
Inside the hotel room of the Driskill, Governor White remained confident on turning things around despite losing the DFW Metroplex (where he needed to do well in order to have a chance of reelection). "I'm confident we can turn this thing around. Nobody panic just yet, people didn't think I had a chance 4 years ago & we all know how that story ended. We will shock the world once again. Just sit back & relax & enjoy the ride everyone."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 11, 2020 20:08:33 GMT
BREAKING NEWS: FORMER TX GOVERNOR WILLIAM P. CLEMENTS, JR., (R) ELECTED TO 2ND NON-CONSECUTIVE TERM
Former TX Governor William P. Clements, Jr., (R) & his wife, former TX First Lady Rita Crocker Clements celebrating with supporters, little did they know things wouldn't be so celebratory later on....
ABC News Barbara Walters: "Peter, I am told that former TX Governor William P. Clements, Jr., (R) is making his victory speech right now in Austin. Let's go to live coverage of the celebratory event at Clements Campaign HQ."
"WE WANT CLEMENTS! WE WANT CLEMENTS! WE WANT CLEMENTS!" [cheers from the crowd]
Clements: "Thank you. Thank You. Oh, what a night, what a night, what a night!" [cheers from the crowd in the hotel ballroom]
I like to address everyone here, some of y'all who stayed up to watch the election returns coming in from across TX. The people of TX have spoken & we've got new leadership coming in (cheers from the crowd). Rita & I have traveled in all 254 counties, talked to countless Texans, who want a businessman with business experience & moving TX forward the 21st Century as new industry is coming in. I have created jobs, I am also a problem-solver. When I left office 3 years ago, TX had a record budget surplus & with hard work & determination, we changed the conversation during that time, millions of Texans were employed, we also got tough in cutting the budget: reducing the massive bureaucracy in state government, making TX being run efficient. Together, we're going to turn the page on the failed administration over the past 4 years, who broke promise after promise & raising taxes, raising utility rates, massive unemployment, hampering education, etc.,, I promise to all Texans, that I will be a Governor for all Texans & I mean that, all Texans. Come January 20th, 1987, we will change TX on a new different course in creating economic opportunity, zero-based budgeting & making sure TX is a better place for the future generation of Texans to remember going forward. Thank you so much for listening & good night!" (cheers from the crowd).
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 11, 2020 20:26:50 GMT
BREAKING NEWS: RETRACTION ON A PROJECTED WINNER IN TX GUBERNATORIAL CONTEST;
STATEWIDE RECOUNT POSSIBILITY
10:33 PM CST, Tuesday, November 4th, 1986
James E. Rudder State Office BLDG, Austin, TX.
TX Secretary of State Myra McDaniel called an impromptu press conference inside the Reception Room of the James E. Rudder State Office Building, where she addressed concerns from the press on concerns of the closeness of the TX Gubernatorial contest between Governor White & former Governor Clements. "Good evening everyone. I sincerely apologize for calling this press conference at this late in the HR, but some have addressed concerns on possible voter intimidation in Dallas, Houston & other parts of the state. Let me be clear, the TX Secretary of State's office & the State of TX does NOT condone voter intimidation or any other forms of aggressive intimidation used against Texans, who are using the freedom to express themselves at the ballot box. Now, concerning the Gubernatorial election. First, I can confirm to everyone here that there's going to be a statewide recount underway & the details of how the recount will be discussed will be addressed at a later date, there will also be plans for a possible recanvassing of all 3.9 million ballots that were cast, which also includes Early Voting. Thank you very much for coming, see you tomorrow."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 11, 2020 21:54:50 GMT
Chapter 2: The Recount
Wednesday, November 5th, 1986
It was the day after a wild & entertaining Election Day, where the results for the TX Governor's Mansion kept going back & forth non-stop. On Wednesday morning, both Governor White & TX Secretary of State Myra McDaniel both recused themselves from the entire process. Daniel, who had to certify election results, said she would certify any final result presented to her after the statewide recanvassing of 3.9 million votes that were cast. Many politicos on both political parties as well as the press praised & commended White & McDaniel for their handling of the situation. For his part, former Governor Clements urged his supporters strong restraint & remain calm due to the possibility of a statewide recount; while United States Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) already started blasting White with both barrels blazing: going so far as to accuse the Governor of having the TX Secretary of State's office of undermining the will of the voters & intentionally rigging the votes in favor of the Governor. White's campaign team, however, did not respond to these controversial statements.
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 12, 2020 18:45:09 GMT
Governor White goes back to work
12:43 PM CST, Wednesday, November 5th, 1986
Fort Worth, TX.
Following the long night awaiting the results of the 1986 TX gubernatorial election, Governor White boarded the gubernatorial jet & flew down to Fort Worth to attend an emergency budget meeting with Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby (D), State Treasurer Ann Richards (D) & several others. The topic was about the budget shortfall awaiting the incoming 70th TX Legislature. "I believe the people of TX want to see their leaders back to work while everyone else is worried about the ongoing statewide recount in the gubernatorial election. Until we have an official determination of who won, I'm going to continue working making sure TX is a better place for future generation of Texans."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 12, 2020 19:11:54 GMT
1:04 PM CST, Tuesday, November 11th, 1986
As the statewide recount in the heated 1986 TX gubernatorial contest was ongoing (which would last until late November or early December), former TX Governor William P. Clements, Jr., (R) was full-steam ahead in putting together possible transition teams in order: convincing US Treasury Secretary James Baker to help coordinate possible appointees in a second Clements administration since the former Governor was assuming the votes would turn in his favor. He also was in talks with TX GOP Party Chairman George Strake (who also served as Clements' TX Secretary of State & the GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1982) in holding transition meetings as well as getting more updates from campaign strategist Karl Rove, who was being asked by reporters on the latest results "Governor Clements is confident he will win reelection once the numbers are revealed in his favor after all 254 counties turn in their votes to the TX Secretary of State's office for official certification."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 12, 2020 19:21:34 GMT
2:18 PM EST, Wednesday, November 12th, 1986
NBC News HQ, NYC, NY St.
NBC Nightly News TV Anchor Tom Brokaw was reporting the latest story on the wild & entertaining 1986 TX gubernatorial election between Governor White & former Governor Clements. NBC News had been getting updated information from their NBC affiliates in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, etc., on the ongoing statewide recount. "Good afternoon everyone. This is an NBC News update.... live from the NBC News HQ here in NYC, my name is Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News & today, we're going to discuss the ongoing battle for the TX Governor's Mansion between incumbent TX Governor Mark W. White, Jr., (D), who surprised many political experts by defeating his arch-rival, former TX Governor William P. Clements (R) in 1982, the man who in 1978, shattered the political landscape of the Lone Star State with his upset victory by becoming the state's first GOP Governor since Reconstruction. During this time, the rivalry escalated from press releases, slandering comments & outright hostility both personally & politically with non-stop negative advertising during the midst of the campaign which aired all over the state. The question many Texans should ask is "Who won the gubernatorial election of 1986 ?" & the second question "Why has the statewide recount on a statewide office taken so long to decide ?" For more information we have NBC News Correspondent Jane Pauley live in Austin....."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 12, 2020 20:01:18 GMT
A Winner Has Been Declared!
8:28 PM CST, Thursday, November 27th, 1986
Driskill Hotel, Austin, TX.
TX Governor Mark W. White, Jr., (D) being congratulated by supporters inside the Driskill Hotel ballroom.
It was a quiet Thanksgiving holiday at the TX Governor's Mansion, where Governor White & his family were enjoying a peaceful Thanksgiving with family & close friends including watching lots of football games. While everyone was thinking about the outcome of the long statewide recount of the heated 1986 TX gubernatorial election, the main focus was spending time together with family during this Thanksgiving holiday break. Governor White was carving up the large turkey inside the family dining room of the Mansion when the phone rang loudly: "I'll get it" TX First Lady Linda Gale White said, who got up from her chair to answer the phone & while she was talking on the phone, the Governor & his family were enjoying carving up the super large turkey, enjoying the stuffing & other food delicacies. Hearing an excited yelp from across the hall, Governor White replied "Linda Gale ? Is everything going Ok ?" as he put down the carving knife & ran over to his wife, who was excited. Linda Gale began to have trouble trying to get the words out to her husband, "Mark.... Mark.... the phon...." As he handed his wife a glass of water, White answered the phone "Governor's Mansion. This is Governor White speaking..." On the other end of the line, former TX Governor Dolph Briscoe (D) replied "Governor White. I just want to say congratulations on another 4 years. It appears you won the election sir." Shocked & not knowing what to do, White replied "Thank you very much Dolph. I'll need to get the official confirmation from the TX Secretary of State's office upon official certification."
White then called members of his reelection campaign staff, they confirmed it "Congratulations Governor on 4 more years" replied Bill Spann said. Another phone call rang, US Reps. Mickey Leland (D-TX), Henry B. Gonzalez (D-TX) & US House Majority Leader Jim Wright (D-TX) all offered their respective congratulations & looked for more cooperation between DC & the State of TX in the future; United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) also called "Governor White. I just want to give you my congratulations on your reelection". After speaking with many people on the phone, Governor White had his family gathered in the living room of the Governor's Mansion, turned on the TV, watching NBC 36 KTTV-TV Austin, where Tonia Cooke was reporting breaking news & announced that Governor White had been reelected to a 2nd 4-year term, becoming the first TX Governor to win consecutive 4-year terms. The entire room broke out in cheers as the White family would be continuing their stay at the TX Governor's Mansion for 4 more years & possibly beyond....
It was 23 days after Election Day, all 3.9 million ballots, which were cast in the election, were successfully recounted in major recanvassing without any difficulty. On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 26th, all 254 counties of the Lone Star State reported to the TX Secretary of State's office in Austin. The election recanvassing board had certified the final outcome on the 27th. The official reported result was:
TX Governor (Statewide Recount & Recanvassing)
Mark W. White, Jr., (D-Inc): 1,957,646 (49.51%): Declared Winner
William P. Clements, Jr., (R): 1,956,017 (49.49%)
BREAKING NEWS: FORMER TX GOVERNOR WILLIAM P. CLEMENTS, JR, (R) CONCEDES
7:45 PM CST, Thursday, November 27th, 1986
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, TX.
Clements conceding the hotly-contested 1986 TX Gubernatorial election to Governor White.
Inside his inner thoughts, Clements was fuming "How in the Hell did that incompetent lawyer sucker punch me again ? I had the numbers, the issues, the economic numbers, everything on my side to stop this incompetent jackass. Why did I lose to this loser again God damn it ?" He & everyone else on the Clements campaign staff were shocked that once again, Mark Wells White had beaten them twice: 1982 & 1986. Now with a speech in hand, along with his wife, Rita walking beside him, the former TX Governor & former US SECDEF, was walking to face the TV cameras to once again, deliver a concession speech....
"Good evening everyone. First, Rita & I would like to thank thousands of countless campaign volunteers & all of our supporters, who have contributed, participated & worked hard during this gubernatorial campaign. We met with each & every Texan in all 254 counties where the main issues such as zero-based budgeting, economic opportunity & smaller government was discussed including many other issues that Texans had wanted address. I would like to thank each & everyone of you for your hardworking efforts & support. When we started this campaign, I pledged to the people of TX that no new taxes will be raised if I'm elected & no tax increases in the midst of a budget shortfall in an economic recession. On November 4th, the people of TX spoke & delivered a strong message: the status quo is completely unacceptable. I hope the political leaders in Austin get the message this time!
Now, after much thought & prayer, I offer my concession. It was a difficult decision to make in light of the long statewide recount in one of the closest gubernatorial elections in TX history in our 141 year history. First off, I would like to thank my family: especially my wife, Rita, who is one of the best First Ladies our great state has ever had & one of the most campaigners in politics as well (cheers from the crowd). Even though we came up short, understand that this is NOT the end of the TX GOP because our political party is making strong inroads & growing very fast. One way or another, we will take back this state & pushing for a better tomorrow for the future of TX. I would also like to thank my children, Gil & Nancy, including their spouses & their children as well as my stepsons & stepdaughters, I also like to thank my stepgrandchildren, all of whom have been helping me during this long campaign, traveling to all 254 counties over the past few years.
It has been an honor serving our great country & beloved state: first as US Deputy Secretary of Defense under Presidents Nixon & the late President Ford, US Secretary of Defense under President Rockefeller. Then, getting the honor of a lifetime that this farmboy will forever be grateful: serving as the 41st Governor of TX. Under my administration, I made 4,000 appointments in just 4 years as well as bringing the use of task forces, long-range planning & other management techniques into state government. I also sought to stop the growth of big & expansive government by cutting the massive bureaucracy, including cutting 25,000 from the state's workforce because I believed things could be better off being run with fewer people. Through it all, when I left office, TX had a record budget surplus. Rita & I want to say thank you very much to everyone, who have supported us throughout the years. I bid you goodbye."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 12, 2020 23:29:18 GMT
The Aftermath of White's Reelection Victory
5:14 PM CST, Wednesday, December 3rd, 1986
Reception Room, Governor's Office (2nd Floor), TX State Capitol
Governor White had spoken with Clements over the phone earlier in the day (Clements couldn't stomach to acknowledge in mentioning White or the office the Governor was holding during his concession speech). Then soon afterwards, White walked over to the Reception Room of the Governor's Office on the 2nd floor of the TX State Capitol to hold an impromptu press conference; White urged Texans to leave the bitterness from the heated 1986 gubernatorial campaign behind them. He had defeated Clements a bare 1,629 votes or 0.02% (over 3.9 million were cast on November 4th). It was the closest gubernatorial election in the history of TX & one of the closest in the entire US history. At the age of 46, White will begin his 2nd term on Tuesday, January 20th, 1987 with the likelihood of seeking reelection to a 3rd term in 1990 (more on that later in the segment). He also confirmed that he spoke with both President Ronald Reagan & VP George HW Bush over the phone respectively, both of whom expressed their respective congratulations. During the press conference, White discussed plans for the upcoming legislative session of the 70th Legislature: school finance, further implementation of HB-72 (despite some strong court challenges), getting Texans back to work in light of the ongoing economic recession, balancing the state budget, enforcing the necessary cuts in solving the economic crisis as well as finding alternatives to stopping the oil & gas crisis.
"Good afternoon my fellow Texans. I am glad that the heated 1986 campaign is finally over & behind us, we can now focus on the next 4 years coming up. I'm proud that a majority of Texans have decided this administration's efforts on reforming education, making state government reflecting the diversity of TX, diversifying the TX economy because we all know oil & gas won't last forever as we're moving forward to the 21st Century. It's important the State of the Future must continue moving forward for all Texans because the 1980s is almost over & we'll be moving toward a new decade, the 1990s, which this new decade is coming very fast at us.
Another key key factor is recruiting industries & businesses in TX. They're going to be looking at several factors: education, housing, public safety, lowering property taxes & better way of life because before people invest here, they're going to ask the tough questions. I am confident that business leaders in this great state of ours will convince the industries & businesses can bring jobs to millions of Texans as we move forward in the State of the Future. Yes, to answer some of your questions about the next gubernatorial election 4 years from now, I will be running for reelection in 1990. Now that we got this out of the way, I'm eager to answer some of your questions on the 70th Legislature."
Post by 49ersfootball on Feb 13, 2020 22:41:57 GMT
The Fallout of Governor White's Reelection Victory
4:11 PM CST, Thursday, December 4th, 1986
Once it was confirmed that Governor White had been reelected following the statewide recount recanvassing on November 27th, the political musical chairs among the down-ballot statewide officeholders (some of whom were secretly hoping Clements would win), who were plotting for 1990 were slammed shut once White confirmed he was going to run for reelection to a 3rd 4-year term, which if completed, make him the longest-serving TX Governor with 12 years of service by January 17th, 1995 including being the 4th TX Governor to serve 3 terms following Allan Shivers, Price Daniel & John Connally.
The fallout among down-ballot statewide officeholders & their political futures:
TX Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby (D), who had been rumored to seek the Governorship in 1990 regardless who won the 1986 gubernatorial election, decided not to do so because in his words, Hobby wanted to put his energies on the upcoming 70th Legislature coming up in the spring as well as putting Texans first.
TX State Attorney General Jim Mattox (D) all but announced plans to seek the Governorship in 1990, setting up a bruising primary bloodbath against Governor White, despite some TX Dems attempting to persuade Mattox NOT to challenge an incumbent Governor (knowing how 1978 Dem primary bloodbath between Briscoe & Hill turned out....). Mattox would have the uphill battle in persuading Texans why they should vote for him in the upcoming gubernatorial election in 4 years from now. Plus, many political analysts viewed the likely primary clash to get ugly with the possibility of a runoff election being forced if more people decide to jump in, so stay tuned on that.
TX Comptroller of Public Accounts Bob Bullock (D), who had briefly flirted a primary challenge against Governor White in the 1986 election, backed out & sought reelection to a 4th term (which he won overwhelmingly), shut the door tight on a possible gubernatorial bid. "The desire of being Governor is gone & not in the fiber of my body because that long-awaited desire is gone. I also don't want those DPS troopers watching my every move 24/7." & another reason is that Bullock had witnessed seeing Briscoe, Clements & White getting the Governorship within 13 years. Many political observers & analysts expected Bullock to launch a campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 1990 with the anticipation of Hobby retiring after 18 years in office.
TX Commissioner of General Land Office Garry Mauro (D) was being rumored to run for TX State AG in 1990, but he decided to seek reelection instead to his current office. He also decided to "wait his turn" on a future run for higher statewide office.
TX State Treasurer Ann Richards (D), who gained national acclaim with her speech at the 1984 DNC Convention, was a rising star in TX politics & American politics: people viewed her as a future President or VP. She also formed an exploratory committee for Lieutenant Governor, waiting to see on what Hobby would do with his political future; she also realized her path would be difficult since it was quite known Bullock was plotting to seek the Lone Star State's 2nd most powerful statewide office in 1990. National Dems began courting her to run for the United States Senate against United States Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), but Richard was hesitant to do so because her close friend, US Rep. Mickey Leland (D-TX) had his eyes on the US Senate seat. Others wanted her to seek the Governorship, however, some close friends thought it would be a bad idea considering Governor White was seeking reelection & Mattox was launching a primary challenge, so Richards decided it wasn't the right time to seek the Governorship. It was either go for Lieutenant Governor, United States Senator or nothing at all: however, fate would change the talk of retirement.... so stay tuned on a possible US Senate campaign.
TX Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower (D) was also considering a run for the United States Senate & was among one of the liberal icons for the liberal wing of the TX Dems & National Dems, including his reputation of being a hardcore populist speaking up for the little guys & average Texan. He also had the possibility of seeking reelection in 1990 as Agriculture Commissioner; however, there were some missteps & controversies that would result in federal investigations hampering his political career down the road, so stay tuned on that....