LOUISIANA: The Pendulum Swings

Citizens of New Orleans hugged the ground last week as the pendulum of machine government in Louisiana whooshed back over their necks. In a mayoralty election, Mayor Robert Sidney Maestri, surviving veteran of Huey Long's praetorian guard, scored a comfortable victory over disunited Reform forces, settled back for another four years of power.

When Reform Governor "Sweet-Smellin' " Sam Houston Jones bravely issued a statement which noted 1) weakening of the machine-controlled vote, 2) mounting of reform sentiment, New Orleanians laughed. They saw—as Sweet-Smellin' Sam must have seen—that Louisiana's brief two years of Reform Government looked to be about over.


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