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November 19, 2004



Ronnie Earle - "national embarrassment"

Partial excerpt:

The Dallas Morning News
Peggy Fikac
Associated Press; 10-24-1996

Facing opposition, Travis DA defends record:
Earle denies abuse of power, partisanship

AUSTIN - When Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle talks about his first contested election race in two decades, it sounds more like a B movie than a political yarn.

A starring role goes to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, whom Mr. Earle unsuccessfully prosecuted in 1994 on allegations that she misused her previous office as Texas state treasurer.

"The attack of the 50-foot cheerleader isn't over yet," Mr. Earle told supporters recently as he battled Republican candidate Shane Phelps.

Ms. Hutchison, once a University of Texas cheerleader, hasn't campaigned for Mr. Phelps. But she says Austin voters should elect someone with the "highest integrity" because the county district attorney has jurisdiction over elected state officials.

"Ronnie Earle's record is spotted with controversy, allegations of misuse of power and corruption," she charged. "This should not be tolerated in a prosecutor with such awesome responsibility."

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