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was not open to the media.
Yes, not open.
Just very concisely, what's the legal basis for...?
The election law provides that the executive committee
of the Democratic party of each county shall have some control
over its own membership and that it has in the election law the
power to remove members of the executive committee, on certain
groups. They have to file charges. It's all laid out in the
election law. I don't know of any other case where they ever
tried it. It was just Koch and Greitzer that were ever tried
in this kangaroo proceeding.
So was Beame's nomination that year a surprise to you?
No, it was not a surprise to me. I don't even remember
what led up to it, but I don't remember it as a surprise at
all. I must say that for several years thereafter he would
not talk to me, Abe Beame. If I'd meet him on a staircase, as
I did on a number of occasions, he'd walk away. And I must
say I never was upset by that, because I would have done the
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