Box 19, Folder 13, Document 2

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Box 19, Folder 13, Document 2

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Lester, Bo Still
'Exch ang ing Barbs
ATLANTA (UPI) - Guber natorial candidates Howard
(Bo) Callaway and Lester Maddox exchanged barbs Tuesday
night when both addressed a
meeting of the Georgia Municipal Association.
Callaway, a Republican, accused his Democratic opponent
of making wild promises to get
himself elected and knowing full
well the money would not be
' available tofulfillthepromises.
"The old saying that money
doesn't grow on trees apparently hasn' t registered with my
• opponent, ' ' Callaway said.
The GOP nominee speciflcally accused Maddox of promlsing an education group to give
teachers a $1,200 per year pay
raise in the first year of his
administration "but he failed to
tell the public about this. "
" He failed to tell them they
will have to foot a $200 million
bill in four years to fulfill his
pledge, " Callaway s aid.
He said Maddox also had
pr omised to triple the normal'
increase in local school financeing and "he doesn't have any
idea where you can r aise that
kind of money. "
Secret Meetings Cited
Callaway mentioned as well
that secret plane trip his oppo.
nent took to meet J ames Gray
in Florida and the closed:door
mee ting of Atlanta ar ea De mocrats where Maddox ls alleged
to have promised endorse the
1968 Democratic
lnees and
three Negroes running in state
e lections.
Maddox has s ince denied he
made any such pact with Democrats, calling the charge a " sinister plot." Mystery continued
to shroud the trip to Florida.
Both incidentswereexamples .
of "Maddox' s irresponsibility, " according to Callaway
The republican pledged
support most of the major plat
forms of the GMA including th
continuation of direct grants to
cities, new sources oflocal revenue and tax relief for hom.eowners.
Barbs Returned
Maddox, who addressed the
group later, let fiy with barbs
even more pointed than Callaway's.
"Nothing but a fool would
say he would take politics out
of any department, " Maddox
s aid. "He (Callaway) either ls
a fool or thinks you are. "
Callaway had pledged to take
politics out of the highway department.
"Bo Callaway and the bankers that control him have
climbed down <into the gutter of
hate," Maddox continued.
Then, half joking, Maddox
said he had already been somewhat successful in his bid for
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' 'Wellner has left Cong
Johnson has left the country,
Martin Luther King has gone
north and Jvan oueo has gone
in to hibernation."
earlier at Augusta,
Maddox said an out - of - state
building firm offered him $50,,000 for his "political infiuence. "
He said the firm --whlch he
refused to name - was interested in contracting with the
state. Maddox said he could
have picked up $50,000 in cash
in A\1gusta Tuesday had he
a greed to go along with the
Maddox said he refused to
meet with the company' s representatives.
It was the second time Maddox has claimed offers of large
amounts of money. He earlier
charged that he was offered
$ 100,000 to drop out of the governor 's race before the first
primary election.
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