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Hays Free Press May 10, 2017 COMMUNITY Page 3C + Hardy Hollers began his bid for Lyndon Johnson's congressio- nal seat on May 13, 1946 with these fighting words: "He went on a few months' sight- seeing tour of the Pacific with a camera in one hand and leading his publicity agent by the other." For the past year, LBJ had thought about running for govemor instead of a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, an opinion poll persuaded him to play it safe. Even though the 37 year old politician was the first choice of prospective voters in 23 towns, his 22-per- cent share in the field of six made him think twice about a statewide race. Johnson warned of a sinister scheme to unseat him in a telegram to the Austin American in April 1946. With the "support of the same oil crowd that tried to defeat me two years ago," veterans would declare their candidacies in each of the ten Hill Country counties in his district with nine dropping out at the last minute in favor of the strongest. The last candidate left standing was 45 year old Austin attorney Hardy Hol- lers, a preacher's son and decorated veteran of both world wars. After the second, he had played a small part in the prosecution of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. John Connally called "Honesty in government" was the main theme of Hollers' no-holds- barred "crusade against corruption in public office." He said over and over again, "If the United States Attorney was on the job, Lyndon Johnson would be in the federal penitentiary instead of in congress." Texas History by Bartee Halle Hollers' kickoff comments "a vicious speech" in a letter to Lyndon in Washington. "He hit the war record, yours and his, pretty hard." The future governor confidently predicted that voters would soon be "awflflly sick of a man publicly and blatantly patting himself on the back about what a great hero he is." Johnson's campaign man- ager was far more worried about the challenger's charges of corruption and unethical conduct. "His insinuations about your affluence and the enrichment of friends will have some effect and will eventually have to be an- swered." "Honesty in government" was the main theme of Hol- lers' no-holds-barred "cru- sade against corruption in public office." He said over and over again, "If the United States Attorney was on the job, Lyndon Johnson would be in the federal penitentiary instead of in congress." Hollers smelled the fol- lowing "rats": First, John- son's father-in-law turned a six-figure profit building rural electrification systems and made another bundle on a land sale to the federal government; second, Herman Brown of Brown & Root re- ceived contracts for construc- tion of the Corpus Christi Naval Base and other defense installations while LBJ was on the Naval Affairs Committee; third, the Johnsons bought an expensive Austin home for cash from a Brown & Root partner; and fourth, the con- gressman used his influence in 1943 to purchase Austin radio station KTBC and later arranged for ten friends to go into sham competition with him. Johnson publicly refuted some charges and ignored others. He flatly denied any involvement in his father-in- law's affairs and simply gave him credit for being a shrewd businessman. He proved that the cash for the residential purchase came from wife Lady Bird's inheritance. As for KTBC, that was her baby and he had nothing to do with it. LBJ relied upon his experi- enced staffto do his cam- paigning for him until three weeks before the July election. Then he hurried home to de- liver the knockout ptmch in a 17-day blitz during which he made 51 stump speeches and shook thousands of hands. His well-oiled campaign machine left nothing to chance. Postcards were mailed to all registered voters in advance inviting them to come out and see their con- gressman. Newspaper ads, posted notices and telephone calls reminded them of the big event. Two hours before the rally, "Johnson's Hill Billy Boys," a four-piece band, toured the town on a fiat-bed truck playing country music to attract a crowd. Gene Autry returned a wartime favor by hitting the campaign trail with his benefactor. 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