Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on November 1, 1958 · Page 12
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Mow Attorney General Bob Morrison, the Democratic Candidate for Governor, is interviewed by Orren Beaty, former political writer and columnist for the Arizona Republican the issues of the campaign and Mornson's record in public off.ce. RIGHT TO WORK MR. BEATY: Bob, there has been a lot of talk about the right to work law in this campaign. ' Is it a real issue in this election? MR. MORRISON: It isn't up for a vote and no Democratic candidate for major office is proposing its repeal -- For that reason, I don't see now anyone can honestly claim that it is a real issue. MR. BEATY: Well, it seems to have been brought into the campaign for some reason. MR. MORRISON: Yes, that's true Orren. Apparently, the Republican candidates think that if they can somehow frighten people into thinking that the right to work law is in some danger from the Democratic candidates, they might scare up enough votes to win. MR. BEATY: Well, you've said that no Democratic candidates for major office are proposing the repeal of the right to work law . ' could any public official do away with it, even if he wanted to do so? MR. MORRISON: Absolutely not, Orren. The right to work law is a part of our Constitution and could only be changed by a vote of the people. MR. BEATY: But didn't the Republican candidate for governor recently charge that you are against the right to work law, Bob? MR. MORRISON: Repeatedly and monotonously. This was another typical Republican distortion. He has completely ignored my consistent statement that I am for, and will uphold, all the laws of our State, including the right to work law. MR. BEATY: Well, what was the Republican candidate talking about? MR. MORRISON: Orren, the right to work law was adopted as a part of our Constitution in 1946 by a vote of the people. MR. BEATY: Did you speak in opposition to it at that time? MR MORRISON: No, I did not Two years later, in 1948, there was a vote on Senate Bill 65, which was also called a "right to work" law. Bear in mind that the right to work law was already a part of our Constitution. I spoke on one occasion against Senate Bill 65 because I believed it was discriminatory in that it did not prevent dis- - crimination in employment because of age, race, creed, color or sex. It seemed to me that a true "right to work" law should Have prevented discrimination on these and other grounds, too. MR. BEATY: Well - that was 10 years ago - have you expressed yourself on the right to work law since its enactment? MR. MORRISON: Only to make it clear that I, as a public official, would uphold and administer all our laws, including the right to work law, fairly and impartially. LABOR MR. BEATY: nected with labor, have recognized my fairness to all groups. For example, Lewis Douglas, former Ambassador to Great Britain and former President of the American Academy of Political Science - who could hardly be called a "Union T3 OSS » _ said in my behalf during this year's campaign: "Mr. Morrison served Pima County as county attorney without fear of or favor to any group, faction, race or creed whether rich or poor. He drove the cor- 'rupt from the temples and cleaned up the county. In his position as attorney general of the state he has served with forthright integrity the general public welfare without regard to special interest." Well, since your opponent has implied you might show favoritism to one group - has he claimed that any of your acts as Attorney General were unfair or. showed favoritism in any way? MR MORRISON: Absolutely not. Orren, in my two terms as Attorney General, I have given hundreds of legal opinions on State problems, and have executed many other duties of the office. My opponent cannot challenge my fairness as Attorney General in any way. He simply hopes that by using scare tactics he might persuade some voters to oppose me. WORK AS ATTORNEY GENERAL MR. BEATY: Your opponent has talked a lot about the fact that you have received labor's support. Does that mean you would be controlled by, or would favor, that group? MR. MORRISON: Orren, I have received support from many groups--and many people, including businessmen. I have never been asked for special privileges or favors by any group, nor would I give any. I think one answer is what labor itself has said in the Arizona Labor Journal of October, 1954: "Morrison will not be a captive, but he will call the shots in the office he seeks as he sees them, and they will be fair." On the other hand, Orren, many responsible Arizonans who are in no way con- MR BEATY: Speaking of your work as Attorney General, what do you consider some of the ac-. complishments of your administration? in several nunoreu. cum u a^iuna. j. u u*w. tion just a couple - In one case, I successfully recovered valuable property of the highway department that had been lost to the State by the default of a former Republican Attorney General. Another specific case was when I went to the Supreme Court to void many liquor licenses that were ordered issued by the Superior Courts. The Supreme Court sustained my position that their issuance was not authorized by law. In addition to many such cases, Orren, I have acted promptly and effectively to prevent any operations of organized crime in the State. At the same time, I have been careful to use the powers of Attorney General with caution and restraint. I think one of the highest compliments to my work for the public as Attorney General is the silence of my opponent, who cannot criticize it in any way. MR. BEATY: Incidentally, Bob, didn't I read where you were elected a member of the Executive Board of National Association of Attorneys General? MR. MORRISON: Yes, that's right, and I felt quite honored by that recognition for our State. CLEAN AND HONEST GOVERNMENT MR. BEATY: I notice that your opponent is saying he is for clean government. Do you have a comment on that? MR. MORRISON: Yes, I do, Orren, I don't just talk about it - I've had some real experience fighting for clean, honest government. As you know, before I was elected County Attorney of Pima County, law enforcement had broken down so badly that organized crime had come in and by corrupting some public officials, was engaging in wide-spread operations of vice, gambling and crime. Let me read to you from an editorial about that in the Phoenix Gazette on May 30, 1951: "THE PHOENIX GAZETTE... AN EDITORIAL Miy30,T95l KKPING A PROMfSE 'Since Robert Morrison, Pima County Attorney, took office on Jan. 1,' he has demonstrated that it is not mpossible to eliminate the activities of 'smoke shop bookies.' Mr. Morrison is proceeding on the refresn- ng assumption that it is his job to enforce laws against gambling in cigar stores, billiard parlors, motels and similar places. He is getting results which should be of interest to less zealous officials in other ;ounties. . _ "Mr. Morrison is blasting bookies in the Tucson area with both barrels-criminal-and civil-of his legal shotgun. Last week, he raided^ Stone Avenue smoke shop. Four persons were arrested on crimmil charges of wagering other than by pan-mutuel. Then a civil injunction suit was filed against the smoke shop That's the way to clamp down on bookies - P"t them in jail, and padlock their base of operations. "The civil injunction suit has been used to shut down two other places .in Pima County where laws had been violated. Other suits are pending in Superior Court, and, says Mr. Morrison, 'This is merely thi beginning.' It is apparent, the crusading County Attorney maintains, 'that gamblers have banded together and are openly defying the law enforcement igenciei of the State of Arizona.'" .,'..., t "They won't be allowed to get away with it. At least they won't be allowed to get away with it.in Pima County. ., i j "Mr Morrison was elected primarily on i pledge to clean up Pima County, (where) he charged, law enforcement had completely broken down. A month after he took office, the Pima County Attorney uncovered enough evidence to warrant the calling of i grand jury for the first time since 1927. The Tucson grand jury has substantiated Mr. Morrison is keeping his promise to do something about them. "Public officials who keep their promises m good vote getters. The Democratic party chiefs who ire looking for gubernatorial material should keep both eyes on Mr. Morrison." MR. BEATY: I promised I would clean up Pima County and I kept my promise. I closed the gambling and vice establishments and prosecuted those responsible.. I think that, I have proven by my performance there, and as Attorney General, that there is no one in the State of Arizona who is more determined and willing than I am, to fight to keep our State clean. G U S I K ^ Bob, I have run into the rumor that if you are elected, you might commute the sentence of Charles Gusik, the notonous sex criminal now serving a 99 year term in prison at Florence? MR MORRISON: Orren, I have heard the same thing and. it is so ridiculous really, that no answer should be necessary. However, let me say, I have, as Attorney General, successfully fought all of Gusik's attempts to gain freedom. I have twice gone to our Supreme Court and to the United States Supreme Court to keep this notorious sex x criminal in prison where he belongs. Let me add that so long as I am in a position to prevent his release, he will remain in prison. · PROGRAM FOR PROGRESS MR. BEATY: Bob, what is your program if you are elected Governor? MR. MORRISON: My program of 17 specific recommenda- · tions for legislation is the result of the experience I have gained as Attorney General, from working with the legislature, studying the problems of our State and talking to thousands of Arizonans · of all economic levels. I cannot enumerate all of my proposals here, but, in essence, I am calling for increased State aid to education - a reduction of the school district property tax - increase in old age assistance and welfare benefits, and I intend to use every means at my disposal to bring new desirable industries to Arizona. I have also proposed legislation to remedy some present inequities in our law. MR. BEATY: Thank you. Mr. Morrison, for answering these questions for the voters. MR. MORRISON: Thank you, Orren. MORRISON to* GOVERNOR

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