ABC Evening News for Friday, May 28, 1976
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(Studio) FBI investigates charges 6 women, besides Ray, provided sex for their Congmen. or constituents as part of their government jobs. Women said accused by Elizabeth Ray, who claims to have been put on government payroll just to be Wayne Hays' mistress. Hays speaks to press.
(Eastern Ohio) Photographers invited to Hays walking horse farm for photos only, to dispel rumors Mrs. Wayne Hays had left her husband. Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Hays shown. [HAYS - refuses comment on advice of lawyers. Says telephone calls from colleagues have been encouraging. Denies any thought of resignation.] Hays mows lawn. Faces election contest on June 8. Is favorite-son candidate for President, favors Hubert Humphrey. Surveys indicate voters not disposed against Hays.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs
(Studio) Hays has been in Congress since 1949. So has power due to seniority system.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Hays wields power over State Department due to his being chairperson of House subcommittee on international operations, which has financial authority. Chart of State Department shown. Office of Foreign Buildings featured. Has $50 million responsibility. Dep. assistant Secretary of State Orlan C. Ralston runs the office. Works closely with Hays. Ralston, like Hays, is from Flushing, Ohio. Ralston denies close connections with Hays. Ralston background cited. Is dir. of Citizen's National Bank of Flushing, of which Wayne Hays is board chairperson Sources say Hays treats Office of For. Bldgs. as his private preserve. Many contracts from the office go to Ohio firms, with Hays' specific instructions considered. Hays said involved in Office of For. Bldgs. beyond his congress authority. Hays influence said unchecked as there is no counterpart in Senate to his position with Office of For. Bldgs.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel