His sport coat was a blue-and-gold plaid, but for once Gov. Bill Clements' jacket wasn't the loudest in the Capitol at Austin, Texas.
More than 40 House members donned their most outlandish plaids Thursday to mark Clem-ents' 72nd birthday, pass a resolution in his honor and sing "Happy Birthday" to him.Rep. Tom Craddick, chairman of the House Republican Caucus, organized Plaid Day, named for the governor's favored jacket material.
Some lawmakers had trouble finding just the right attire.
"(Rep.) Ashley Smith paid $2.50 for his at Goodwill," Craddick said. "Some borrowed them from some of the clubs around town that lend you a coat when you go in without one."
The lawmakers' garish coats ranged from red plaids to greens to a sky blue number with navy velvet collar and lapels that was worn by Rep. Jerry Yost.
All provided fodder for jokes.
"I had a 1948 Ford when I was in high school. These were the seat covers," Rep. Richard Smith said of his red plaid jacket. He later admitted to having worn it while being sworn in as a city councilman in the 1970s.
Rep. Ron Wilson said he doesn't own any plaid but did the next best thing. He made his own, plastering a cream-colored sport coat with brown packing-tape stripes. It featured a tic-tac-toe layout on the back, complete with Xs and Os.