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Hays-Ray Affair / Reactions and Repercussions #488425

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 26, 1976
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(Studio) 28 House members want House Ethics Committee to investigate scandal involving Representative Wayne Hays and Elizabeth Ray. Chairperson John Flynt hints at possible hearings. If Ray did not work as Congress secretary, federal money was misappropriated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Falls Church, Virginia) Last February, Ray enrolled in typing course at Lacaze-Gardner School and went to class during her working hrs. She dropped out before course over.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee

(DC) Ray spent day at attorney's office and was interviewed by Justice Department investigators. [RAY - says Hays paid for class.] Hays says Ray was his mistress but also did office work. [Chairperson Committee on Standards of Official Conduct John T. FLYNT - says inappropriate to comment.] [Representative Don. FRASER - says charges are serious.] Unlikely Congress would remove Hays from office but he could lose chrmship. of House Admin. Committee
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee

(Studio) Report from Hays' congress district.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Saint Clairsville, Ohio) [Ex-aide and best man at Hay's recent wedding, John WALKER - says people capable of forgiving if sure that the person is sincere from that time forward.]
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Flushing, Ohio) Women at senior citizens' home in Hays' home town comment. [3 WOMEN - says Hays should have told truth to start with.] Hays' advisers hoping voters will recall favors he's done them for 28 years
REPORTER: Brian Ross

Chancellor, John;
Ellerbee, Linda;
Ross, Brian

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