The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995 Page: 510
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believe, a political innocent who fell victim to a cabal of clever Austin operatives?
Or does his remarkable success in the freewheeling business climate of
1950s-196o0s Houston suggest that he might have played a more active role?
Furthermore, what motivated Nixon's Justice Department to help expose the
scandal? Did the Republican administration consciously set out to destroy the
Democratic leadership in the state, or did Will Wilson, head of the department's
criminal division and a former Texas Democrat turned Republican, go off on his
own and employ the power of the federal government to settle old scores with
his political enemies in Texas? And finally, the most important question of all:
did the affair represent a genuinely historic confrontation between personal ve-
nality and public virtue, or was it simply another installment, albeit one with
more intense media scrutiny, in the continuing struggle between political haves
and have-nots? The answers to all of these questions, and others, must, unfortu-
nately, await the efforts of future researchers.
Texas Tech University DONALD R. WALKER
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