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they dismissed the charges, withdrew them.” Actually- it was
technical; in contemplation of dismissal, they adjourn it. If
you're a good guy for six months, then they drop the charge.
That's what they did with him. And he said, “You know, your
letter was there. The assistant d.a. had it and the judge had
it and they were waving this letter around, and that did it.”
Now, Arturo thanked me later. It was very moving in a way.
He said, “I want you to know, if you run for mayor again [which
I probably will do in '77], I want to help you. I really want
to help you. But I also have to tell you that publicly I have
to be for Badillo, but I'm going to be for you, and I'm going
I said, “I understand that.” I mean he has his cross to
bear, which is Herman. He can't get away from it. That's
ethnic politics. But I believe him when he says he will help
me. I believe him. He's a very good guy.
Now, what else do I know about Puerto Ricans? Very little.
Well, let me flash back here. When you were talking about
your relationship here, you were talking about the Puerto-Ricans
in your Congressional district. Were there Puerto-Ricans in
your councilmanic district?
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