By David Dayton McKean
The Nash-Kelly machine in Chicago has also learned how
to deal with Republican committeemen. Professor Harold F.
Gognell wrote that
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Mayor Hague has made frequent visits to Chicago since
the establishment of the Nash-Kelly organization, and he has
entertained Mayor Kelly in Florida. It would be interesting
to know if he has given any political lessons which would
have led the Chicago politicians to adopt the practices noted
by Professor Gognell.
There is no question that Republican committeemen received
jobs and favors from Democratic officials.... They
were paid in jobs or favors not to get out the Republican vote.
These bipartisan dealers, though traitors to their party, were
hard to dislodge upon primary days, since they could command
the services of job-holders who were loyal to them personally
on such occasions. These job-holders, of course, could not be
used to help the Republican Party on election days. Some
Democratic committeemen found it easier to buy off the Republican
committeemen in this fashion than to engage in genuine party warfare. (Machine Politics: Chicago Model (1937), p. 44.)
The Nash-Kelly machine in Chicago has also learned how to deal with Republican committeemen. Professor Harold F. Gognell wrote that
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