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they say that Bella Abzug is a CIA agent. Now, I happen to dislike
Bella Abzug intensely, immensely. I can't think of the words,
I could use that would be broad enough. But to call her a CIA
agent makes them nutty. Okay.
My experiences with them. The most hilarious one was when
I took Morgenthau on a walk down the east side of Manhattan.
I don't think I mentioned this to you. If I did, you'll stop
me. When Morgenthau was running for DA -- and we should at some
point talk about how I got involved in stopping Dick Kuh for DA --
I was very instrumental in getting Morgenthau the nomination in
the primary and also in getting him elected, although getting
elected is easy once you're the Democratic candidate here in
Manhattan. In any event, he asked me to take him down the east
side of Manhattan and to introduce him. He's not a very good
candidate in the sense of being able to handle crowds or people.
He's a strange guy in that respect. He just doesn't know how
to do it. I'm very good at it. I'm really one of the best
street campaigners that we have in the city. Everybody says that
so I'm being immodest and I'm repeating it, but it's true.
As we walk down Lexington beginning at 86th Street on a Saturday
morning in the summer of '74, as we walk down from 86th Street
to 59th shaking hands, talking to people and I introduce Morgenthau
and I have a style about it: I say to people, “This is
Bob Morgenthau. You know Morgenthau. You know that name!” And
they look at me sort of wide-eyed. And I say, “That's him!”
Morgenthau doesn't know what to do. If he could, he'd creep under
a manhole cover, he's so embarrassed by it.
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