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The Boss
`I, AS YOUR MAYOR'

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

His public statements are dressed up for him, but the man is revealed in the style. He has picked up a number of polysyllabic words which he uses very frequently and often inaccurately,such as `irresponsible,' `scurrilous,' `propaganda.' The phrase `my friends' is used ad nauseam. His sentences, when uncorrected, often get nowhere; and he has complained that reporters have misquoted him when they were only trying, as Heywood Broun said, to temper the wind to the ungrammatical lamb. But when the text of one of his speeches is released before delivery, though it bears unmistakable evidence of having been rendered into English, there is a peculiar meandering quality about his sentences that distinguishes his own work. For example: `There is no question in my mind of the interest which the people of this city have in the proposed racing amendment, because of this treat outpouring of people which demonstrates clearly to me that the people are overwhelmingly in favor of adopting this amendment and that they believe as I believe, that an opportunity such as this should not be permitted to pass without taking advantage of it.' (Speech in Journal Square, Jersey City, June 9, 1939.) Or in a public statement: `A few irresponsible people are trying to take advantage of the unfortunate closing of the New Jersey Title Guarantee and Trust Company in this city, for personal political reasons, by blaming the city administration and the tax situation, which is no different in Jersey City than in any other large city in the state of New Jersey, and which did not, as a matter of fact, have any bearing whatsoever on the closing of this institution.' (Statement of February 18, 1939. Punctuation as in the original.)

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