Oilman, former Texas governor candidate Williams dies at 88

3 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 February 15, 2020 7:05 PM February 15, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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DALLAS (AP) - Clayton Williams, a colorful Texas oilman whose 1990 run for governor was derailed by making a joke about rape and saying he didn't pay income taxes one year, has died. He was 88. A relative says Williams died Friday at his home in Midland after struggling with pneumonia. Williams' nephew, Clay Pollard, said Williams “had just a huge personality.” Williams was known for his cowboy image and colorful phrases in addition to his generosity, including his support to his alma mater, Texas A&M University. Williams, a Republican, lost the 1990 gubernatorial race to liberal Democrat Ann Richards.

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