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come Carey (he was not governor then; he was a candidate), and
he's bringing Jackson. Jackson comes to the rally. He escorts
Jackson up. Dick Cohen says, “Jackson can come. Carey cannot.”
And he turns Carey away. I see this, and I go over to him.
I said, “Do you know what the hell you're doing? You're turning
away the next governor of the state of New York. Are you a nut?”
“I don't care what he is. So far as I'm concerned, he's just
another Congressman,” which puts down Congressmen, too, right?
So I then engage in my correspondence. I write to everybody,
every Jewish organization. Actually I write to Rabbi Irving
Miller, and I send copies to every member of the major Jewish
organizations. It's an umbrella group of which Rabbi Miller
is the chairman, and every major Jewish organization in the
city belongs to it. And I outline this whole business. And I
go into a long diatribe about how miserable they are to Congressmen.
I'm not only talking about Jewish Congressmen. They make
no effort to even invite a Congressman to come to the parade.
I said, “I get invited to help lead the St. Patrick's Day parade.
And I never get an invitation from the Jewish parade. Are you
people nutty?” That was the thrust of it. Maybe that wasn't
That started a furor in the whole Jewish community. I
got letters from everybody saying, “You're right, you're right.”
And it changed their whole operation, so that now the Jewish
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