The Shootist

Posted May 18, 2004 at 4:31pm

We’re not quite sure what then-Texas Sen. Tom Connally (D) was doing in this picture that dates from the 1940s, but the assembled camera crews sure seem interested. Perhaps Connally, a noted internationalist who served two stints as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was taking aim at America’s enemies. Or maybe he was just showing off a hunting technique. Connally first came to Washington, D.C., as a Member of the House and spent 12 years there before joining the Senate in 1929, where he stayed for four terms. He was the step-grandfather of another Senator: Republican Connie Mack of Florida.