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I said, “I don't care what your politics are. You're a good secretary and I'd like to have you stay.”

He said. “I know, but I wouldn't feel right. I know that the Republican National Committee will be expecting me to do certain things. I wouldn't want to let you down.” By that he meant that he wouldn't like to be the tattletale, telling them when anything went wrong in the Department of Labor. I don't know whether that was being done then, but he foresaw that. He was a nice man and he didn't want to be in that position. I hadn't thought of that contingency, but I realized he knew what he was talking about.

Although I had originally told Miss Jay in New York that I wasn't going to bring her down, I had made up my mind I would. I felt very wrong to do it, because I felt I was catapulting her into a tough situation and that I ought to let her stay on in the Department of Labor in New York. But I realized that I was just going to be in a jam. I had telephoned her that I guessed that she'd have to get ready to come. So I knew that I would have a replacement for him. So I said, “All right.”

Miss Jay didn't mind coming down, but it nevertheless did give her some problems that she wouldn't otherwise have had. They have been continuing problems, and I know that. In many ways it would have been better for her, her happiness

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