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I wonder if you might start by just picking up a couple of
points from your last interview. First of all, Carmine DeSapio:
could you go into any more detail on what your impression of
him was as a political operator?
Well, Carmine had a manner that I never quite understood
as one that would be so well received. He was a man whose
language, his accent -- not that it was a foreign accent, but
the way he spoke, the syntax, the tone -- was not in my judgment
very engaging. And yet I'd always read about how engaging he
was in his manner. It's a small point, but I never understood
why people were so taken with him.
Now, in terms of how he would deal with people: I never
had an extended discussion with Carmine De Sapio. It would
always be a minute discussion -- it would be a greeting --
because we never had a relationship where either he or I were
social friends or he and I were engaged in some political agreement.
The only time that we ever talked was on a show where
we were attacking one another in a sense or at least I would be
assaulting his position.
Now, I don't think I mentioned the fact that I went to
his mother's funeral. Did I, the last time?
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