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ELECTION OF 1928; ALFRED E. SMITH AND FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

Either during the election of 1928 or before that Mrs. Moskowitz invented some political techniques. I'm sure she invented them, as I never heard them used before. They have been used since with considerable effectiveness. She invented the idea of forming a Citizens' Committee for Smith, and then dividing it up into other special professional groups, like the Business Men's Committee for Smith, the Social Workers' Committee for Smith, the Lawyers' Committee for Smith, the Nurses' and Medical Men's Committee for Smith. I'm positive that had never been done before in any campaign. That was her invention. I actually saw her invent it. It's been used in practically every campaign since, but up until that time campaigns were always run by the party, either Democratic or Republican. There was no such thing as these independent committees, sort of brought together as a citizens' committee. That was a straight invention of hers. I think it was a brilliant political invention. It's the way to attract the attention





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