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The Boss

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

The Nash-Kelly machine in Chicago has also learned how to deal with Republican committeemen. Professor Harold F. Gognell wrote that

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.)
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.


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