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Whether he wanted a primary or not, at that moment I
didn't care about. I only knew it would be terrible to have
Dick Kuh, and as I think I told you: Dick Kuh lives in my house.
So of course I said, “Sure, Nick, I'd be happy to call,” and
he asked me to call Mike Whitman I think is the guy's name: he
used to be the counsel to Governor Wilson, if I have his name
correct. And I called him. And I said, “I understand the
governor is considering Kuh and Scoppetta, and the question is
whether or not the selection by him of either of the
two would stop the primary.” Would everybody agree that would
be okay? because they don't want a primary election if they
can avoid it for such a sensitive position.
I said, “One way to insure a primary is to put in Kuh.
Then you'll get everybody in the reform movement out there
against him, including me.”
He said nothing and then the governor appoints Kuh.
Ultimately it was clear what the strategy was: of course, the
governor wants a primary -- it would tie up our energies so
that we wouldn't have any energy against him, because he was
going to be involved in a general election. And a primary in
the Democratic party is helpful to a Republican who's running
for office even though it's for a different position, because
primaries bring out the worst and the best in people.
You never forgive your enemies in that area. I don't anyway.
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