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that Lindsay at that point was at his lowest ebb or at a low
ebb -- maybe not his lowest. And so when the letter arrived
supporting Seymour -- and it was sent in red, white and blue
envelopes; I mean it was the most garish thing in a certain
sense; to give this letter from the mayor of the city of New
York the greatest prominense; and it must have lost votes for
Seymour, but it could not come at a worse time in terms of
support. That is to say, people just did not like Lindsay.
The school strike -- he was blamed for it. I can't even remember
why anymore, but he was blamed for it: he was blamed for almost
everything. And therefore the impact, if anything, was helpful
to me. It was sort of strange in a way.
Seymour, by the way, never got over the fact that I brought
in an issue which he said had nothing to do with Congress,
but I was a city councilman and I brought up the issue of rent
stabilization. Did we talk about that on a prior occasion?
We have not talked about rent stabilization.
Okay. Well, I'm a city councilman; it's 1968. The
single greatest issue affecting the people in my district,
which is primarily made up of apartment houses that are not
rent controlled (I shouldn't say primarily but a substantial
number; they were built after Feb. 1, 1947 -- therefore they
were not under rent control) was that the landlords were unmercifully
raising the rents, in many cases 100% increase. So
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