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but I owed him nothing and he owed me nothing certainly. The
fact is I always viewed him as an extension of Carmine. But
I never viewed him as corrupt. Carmine was corrupt. So I
said, “Sure.” And I got into a press release operation with
Begun. I even had a press conference up there, and then three
days later Rossetti wins 75 to 25. So you can see what bad
judgment Marty Begun has. And I thought to myself: “Jesus
Christ, he dragged me into this thing.” I mean I didn't have
to have that. Anytime you get involved in a primary with people
that you're against or who are against you, you're never forgiven.
You're never forgiven. It's an enormous, special kind of battle.
I really was very upset.
And so I mended my fences with Frank. In the beginning
I would sort of be jocular. When I would meet him, I would
say, “How's my favorite county leader?” and he'd look at me
like I was a nut. “You're favorite county leader!” He could
kill me. Here I'd come out against him, and I wasn't involved
in that race. Why would I get involved in that?
Well, I never forgot that. And when Begun calls me I
said, “I'm not getting involved in that race ever again against
him.” And the reason is (1) he has made clear (and I've had
conversations with Rossetti) that he's willing to share the
power in this county. This county can't be united; it's made
up of regulars, reformers and blacks in almost equal proportions
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