Congress Looks for New Leaders: Mansfield, Scott and Albert? WASHINGTON - (LENS) — When the next congress convenes in January, the Democrats will still be the majority, and both parties will have to elect new leaders. Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, the minority leader since 1969, announced his impending retirement from the Senate in December. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the leader of the Democratic majority, made it known that he, too, had decided not to seek reelection. "There is a time to stay and a time to go," said Mansfield, pointing out that this was his 34th year in congress. That length of tenure is by no means a record; Rep. Wright Patman (D-Tex.), the scourge of bankers, died at 82 after representing his native town of Texarkana for 47 years in the House of Representatives. Mansfield's historical feat is to have been majority leader of the Senate longer than anybody else; he took Lyndon Johnson's place in 1961 when Johson became vice-president. 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It wanted somebody to manage its parliamentary business, and this Mansfield proceeded to do in his self-effacing, conscientious, taciturn, civil way. Eight years later the position changed again, the White House got Richard Nixon, and congress found itself first having to defend itself against encroaching executive power, and then struggling to reassert itself and recover ground that had long been lost. Mansfield got a self-assertive deputy, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Byrd will now be a candidate for the leadership, but there will be other candidates claiming to be more representative of the Democratic mainstream than the relatively conservative Byrd. Times Herald, Carroll, la. l)f\ Wednesday, March 24, 1976 & W Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, whose presidential aspirations were disposed of in 1972, lost no time in announcing his desire for the position. Sen. Alan Cranston of California, who is habitually busy organizing the liberal vote in the senate, may enter the competition. But what about Sen. Hubert Humphrey, who was Democratic whip, (that is, Mansfield's deputy), and a vigorous, ebullient one at that, in the early 1960s until 'he went on to be Lyndon Johnson's vice-president? Humphrey cannot know until June or July whether he will be. called upon to be Democratic presidential candidate. If he is not then he may want to crown his career with the Senate leadership, and as a candidate for that he would be a hard man to beat. Leading a minority is less of a glittering prize than leading a majority; still, as the all but permanent minority in both houses of congress the Republican politicians are permanently short of alluring positions (specifically, committee chairmanships) to compete for. Sen. Scott's present deputy, Sen. Robert Griffin of Michigan, a, moderate, unspectacular man, will probably face a vigorous, shrewd challenger, Sen. John Tower of Texas, who, without being an extremist, does stand rather on the right of the Republican party. The Republican liberals, a minority within a minority, to whom Scott has been a sympathetic if fallible leader, may produce a candidate of their own, whose main effect may be to improve Tower's chances at the expense of Griffin. Desirable as these congressional leadership positions, with their prestige and their perquisites, undoubtedly are, the intriguing thing is that their real importance cannot be assessed until the outcome of the presidential contest is known. Being Republican, albeit minority, leader in the House of Representatives or the Senate has more appeal when the minority leader can at least expect to be, on occasion, the president's parliamentary spokesman. On its side, the majority does not necessarily want the same qualities in its leader when its party also commands the White House as when the two branches are in opposite party hands. 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