Prelude to 1944

After weeks of maneuvers, dickers, deals and stage-setting. President Roosevelt last week flatly backed earnest, amiable, New Dealing Senator James M. Mead for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York. Emerging from a White House conference, tall Jim. Mead smiled his toothy smile, happily quoted the President: "I am a voter in New York State, but I am not a delegate to the convention. If I were a delegate to the convention, I would cast my vote for Jim Mead."

Only five days earlier Franklin Roosevelt had shown irritation at his...

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