National Affairs: Contemptible Liar!

" 'Smith was a rotten Governor. I did not know it until I got into the governorship myself.' "

This remark, attributed to Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt of New York about Alfred Emanuel Smith, was published as gossip fortnight ago in Collier's in an article by "The Gentleman at the Keyhole." When newsmen at Albany last week asked Governor Roosevelt if he had ever made such a statement, that usually placid gentleman angrily exclaimed:

"Any man who circulates a story of that kind is not only a liar but a contemptible liar!"

He knew, the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!