Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 25, 1974 · Page 5
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Friday, October 25, 1974 HOPE (AtiK.) STAR Mills-Petty race heats up Mobile homes in trouble LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The race between Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., and Republican Judy Petty of Little Rock heated up Thursday. Mrs. Petty called for an internal Revenue Service audit of the Ways and Means Committee chairman's income tax returns, and Mills lined up Democratic officials and party leaders in his behalf. Also, for apparently the first time, Mrs. Petty raised a question in connection with personalities involved in the Tidal Basin incident which took place in Washington. Meanwhile, Mills' office denied that the committee was contemplating putting a tax on Veterans Administration service - connected compensation. The office said no such tax would be considered by the committee as long as he is chairman. Mrs. Petty, 30, is the Republican nominee for the 2nd District post held by Mills since 1938. She had pledged not to raise the Tidal Basin incident in the campaign, and she didn't raise the incident directly. In a prepared statement, however, she said that while Mills had written a $15,000 personal check last year to pay back an illegal gift by Gulf Oil Corp. to a "draft Mills" group, he had recently described himself as a man of modest means. He used the "modest means description of himself when denying reports that he had paid $500 a week from Mills' personal funds to Annabel Battistella, 38, the ex-stripper who plunged into the Tidal Basin at Washington, D.C., after leaving Mills' car in Washington about 2 a.m. Oct. 7. Eduardo Battistella, the husband, was quoted in Buenos Aires, Argentina as saying his wife had been hired by Mills as a personal secretary either for the congressman, 65, or the congressman's wife, Polly, 67. Mrs. Petty mentioned that point in a statement calling for an IRS audit of Mills' income tax returns. Mrs. Petty said the Ways and Means Committee is considering legislation to require annual audit of returns of elected'officials: She said she favored the proposal. Since Mills has "been on the public payroll since 1938," Mrs. Petty said she believed taxpayers were "entitled to a full and complete disclosure of his financial holdings and personal assets." She asked Mills to reveal his income tax returns and called for an IRS audit of the returns. She said nothing in the statement about her own returns. The GOP nominee also noted that Mills had not fully disclosed his 1972 campaign contributions. Gifts to some "draft Mills" groups turned out to be illegal. Mills said he had nothing to do with the draft groups. The law did not require full disclosure of gifts prior to April 7, 1972, but some other candidates made disclosures. Meanwhile, three Democratic groups issued statements urging fellow Democrats to support Mills in his race for a 19th term in Congress. "It is important that all Democrats" vote for all party nominees, the leading officials of the state party said in one statement. "It is especially important that Wilbur Mills carry every county in the 2nd Congressional District," the statement added. "Wilbur Mills has proven over and over again his outstanding qualifications to serve effectively in the national Congress and he commands stature and leadership within our own party. "Good Democrats are called on to work hard for Wilbur Mills and all other Democratic nominees." The elected officials of Pulaski County issued another statement endorsing Mills, as did three former administrative assistants to the congressman. The assistants said Mrs. Petty was "without legal, technical, or academic training required of a high-ranking member of Congress." The group did not point out, though, that Mills, like Mrs. Petty, never finished college. The ex-assistan ts said in their statement that it was reported that Everett Hamm was "slated to become her administrative assistant. Many Republican leaders have expressed unhappiness with this purported arrangement." Democrats" vote for all party nominees, the leading officials of the state party said in one statement. "It is especially important that Wilbur Mills carry every county in the 2nd Congressional District," the statement added. "Wilbur Mills has proven over and over again his outstanding qualifications to serve effectively in the national Congress and he commands stature and lead- ership within our own party. "Good Democrats are called on to work hard for Wilbur Mills and all other Democratic nominees." The elected officials of Pulaski County issued another statement endorsing Mills, as did three former administrative assistants to the congressman. The assistants said Mrs. Petty was "without legal, technical, or academic training re- quired of a high-ranking member of Congress." The group did not point out, though, that Mills, like Mrs. Petty, never finished college. The ex-assistants said in their statement that it was reported that Everett Hamm was "slated Lo become her administrative assistant. Many Republican leaders have expressed unhappiness with this purported arrangement." LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Mobile Home Association says the state's mobile home industry is in such dire straits that "simply staying in business" is the dealers' main concern. Mobile home manufacturers also face hard times, the association said Thursday. Two years ago, the association said, the state had 262 mobile home dealers compared with fewer than 80 now. William J. fucker, association president, said the number of persons employed by mobile home dealers had dwindled from as many as 10,000 to fewer than 7,500. 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