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Hays-Ray Affair / Ohio Reaction #43519

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 26, 1976
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(Studio) Report on Representative Wayne Hays and his relations with Elizabeth Ray.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Hays hired attorney to defense him against charges he used public funds to pay his mistress for her favors. FBI investigates charges. Hays spends day with staff. Says he was blackmailed for 1 1/2 years Hays' power as House Admin. Committee chairperson noted. He's also head of Congress Campaign Committee that gives funds to Democratic candidates.
REPORTER: Vic Ratner

(Studio) Hays running as favorite-son presidential candidate from his Ohio district. He's up for reelection. Report on reaction of his constituents.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Flushing, Ohio) Reporter notes effects of Hays' 27 years in Congress on the 18th district. [MAN - says Hays helped him. Hays' personal life is his own bus.] [2nd MAN - says what Hays does for his constituents is most important.] [WOMAN - excuses Hays for denying report at 1st.] [3rd MAN - says he who is without sin must cast 1st stone.] [2nd WOMAN - says not condoning or condemning Hays' actions.] [2nd MAN - says lot of taxpayer's money has been spent on worse things (than mistress).] [3rd WOMAN - says Hays looked at closely, so should others in DC.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Ratner, Vic;
Smith, Howard K.

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