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There were only two people that I can recall in the VID who were
supporting Robert Kennedy. Stanley Geller was one and I was the
other. And in fact, I was elected a delegate to the state convention
and pledged to do whatever the VID wanted, and rather than
vote against Kennedy, I did not vote and allowed an alternate to
vote for Sam Stratton because we were pledged to the VID delegation.
But I actively worked for his nomination, and when he
became the nominee I worked my ass off as district leader to take
him around and help him and so forth. Okay, but obviously he
wouldn't remember that.
So he said, “Be sure to tell him that you were for him.”
So I go see Bob Kennedy on the appointed date at the UN
Plaza. He had used the downstairs of this magnificent building
as sort of his reception room. There were lovely overstuffed
club chairs, and people would sit there waiting to go up to his
apartment. My appointment's at ten; he's not there at ten. I
sit there, and, you know, I never keep people waiting, and I hate
to be kept waiting.
About a quarter to 11 in walks this rather thin-looking
guy, young, blond I'd never met before. He's Carter Burden; I
didn't know that. Carter was not exactly the nicest guy in those
times, quite taken with himself, a close intimate of the Kennedys,
you know. He came over and said rather imperiously that I should
wait; he will get to me.
Well, at about 11 o'clock they call me. Others come after
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