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a Boy Scout. And I say, “Maybe you don't remember this” -- zock
on the table. And then I say, “Mr. Mayor,” very calmly, “life
teaches us a lot, and one should learn from one's experience, and
I have, and let me tell you what this experience has taught me;
it is that one should never cross party lines except in extremis.
And it'll be a long time before I ever do it again. And let
me tell you one other thing, Mr. Mayor, you're looking at the
guy who's going to win.” I get up and I walk out.
From that point on, I never forgave him. I've told this
to his people and he knows it, and I have attacked him unmercifully
— always I think with reason and never on prextexts.
Whereas before, if he were a friend and a political supporter
I might hold my fire -- now never. At the slightest pretext.
And the thing I said about him when he ran for President
that wounded him most of all -- it was on a television program —
and the interviewer says to me, “Congressman, will you please
explain this to us? In Arizona, in Washington, in Oregon, you
mention the name Lindsay and they love him. In the city of New
York his name is mud. How can that be?” So I look to heaven
and a thought came to me, and I responded just this way -- I
said; “Well, to know him is not to love him.” And that was
carried in the press, and he was furious. There were two statements
that were carried nationally. One was mine, and the other
was Meade Esposito who said, “Come back, little Sheba,” referring
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