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12-Palm Beach Post, Friday , Nov. 22, 1968 McCormack Urged To Step Down By DALE Pl'LLEN Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - A Florida congressman says that among BETY0Uj "; 6pm '1 Lf TONIGHT . "Jt This man has some refreshing new ideas about Your insurance Hubert Humphrey to seek the speakership. Gibbons said he had heard the idea that Humphrey be . named Speaker but says he has no candidate of his own. As a practical matter Gibbons also believes there is no chance of replacing McCor- he has indicated he does. By fighting the powerful chairmen on such an issue. Democrat congressmen could expect to lose favors for their districts favors at the disposal of chairmen. Few House members will chance losing such favors. macK unless the Speaker steps down of his own initiative. The House Democratic power structure led by older men who like their seniority and prestige (10 committee chairmen are 65 or older) can be expected to back McCormack if he wants to remain and ! A V at r'iiiriiiimt m am (So will yon... after You've talked to him) CURTIS ETHERIDGE 417 GARDENIA W.P.B. 833-2663 sentry.Tnsurance Tht Hardwart Mutuiit Oriimution JOHN W. McCORMACK his fellows "it's the talk of the House" that 76-vear-old Speaker John W. McCormack should step down. Sam Gibbons. Tampa Democrat, says he hears from all sides Democrat and Republican " that it is time for John to step down." Gibbons. 48. sees McCormack. the Bostonian cartooned by Herblock this week in high collar and high-button shoes, as not the sort of image the party needs in the House. "Since we will have no one in the White House, the Speaker, in effect is the most powerful national Democratic office holder." he says. The flow of legislation through the House of Representatives is subject to the power and influence of the Speaker. Getting into the thick of very sensitive House power struggles is not new to Gibbons. Following his 1966 leadership in directing the House Education and Labor Committee to curb powers of its chairman Adam Clayton Powell. Gibbons emerged as a man or some power, ambition and behind-the-scenes abilities. Gibbons is not the only House Democrat who is suggesting McCormack step down. Richard Boiling of Missouri created a stir in the 90th Congress by openly questioning McCormack's capacities something Gibbons will not do publicly. Brock Adams of Washington this week proposed that the Democratic Study Group iDSG), an organization of about 130 liberal House Democrats (including Gibbonsi. unite to unseat McCormack. Benjamin Rosenthal, of New York, called a press conference this week and said he and an unspecified "number" of House members were urging lameduck Vice President Belter Prisoners ATLANTA. Ga. (API -Gov. Lester Maddox was asked at a news conference Wednesday about rehabilitation of inmates in Georgia's prison system. Maddox replied: "We're doing the best we can. 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