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Republican Congressman. His name was Albert Watson. Just crossed
over and became a Republican. The Republicans took him in. And
the other one became the governor of Mississippi and he ran on
the fact that he had crossed party lines and had been thrown out
by the Democrats. So they decided, maybe just as J. Raymond Jones had decided, that it doesn't
help. You only kind of add an additional mystique to someone
when you try to punish him that way.
At this time when you endorsed Lindsay, was that your third
term as district leader?
No, I served only two terms, although I was elected three
times. I was elected in '63, and normally the term is for two
years, but I had a second election in '64 because the first
election was set aside, having only won by 41 votes. And then
the third election was my second term, which was in 1965, and
that's when this happened.
A corollary question about Beame's nomination: was it your
impression at the time that other reform leaders or activists
were surprised by these nominations?
I honestly don't remember who even was running against
him at that time. I assume it was... let's see: Procaccino
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