CONNALLY: The Adventures of Big Bad John by Charles Ashman

CONNALLY: The Adventures of Big Bad John

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A skillful hatchet job of John B. Connally, Jr., former Secretary of the Treasury and Governor of Texas. Since he is widely regarded as a contender for the Presidency in 1976, the apparent purpose here is to fire the opening gun in an anti-Connally campaign. According to Ashman, Big Bad John is a tool of the oil and gas operators whose legal affairs he has handled, making himself rich along the way, Connally, of course, is also an ex-Democrat turned Republican, and Ashman quotes White House aide Liz Carpenter who described him as a ""political transvestite who, if he had been at the Alamo, would have organized Texans for Santa Anna."" Connally is further characterized as a vacillating loser whose political career had come to a humiliating end, until he suddenly had the good fortune to be shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. He is accused of parlaying his wounds and his famous black arm sling into a triumphant comeback. Connally's ability to make the big-rich business community disgorge political contributions wins some praise, but the book is summed up in its final warning -- ""If we are some day presented President John B. Connally, there will-finally be a man in the White House who can sell a used car or anything else.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1974
Publisher: Morrow