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The Source: Pappy O'Daniel - How A Flour Salesman Used Music And The Radio To Change Texas Politics

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Pat O'Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys

Wilbert Lee O‘Daniel, known as "Pappy O'Daniel," was a two term Governor of Texas and a U.S. Senator. But before, during and after that, he was a flour salesman on the radio with a hillbilly band.

O‘Daniel ran for Governor as a successful businessman who was sick and tired of professional politicians and fed up with corporate media. The political establishment thought O'Daniel was a joke until he beat them – and changed politics in Texas.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi