Stassen's Shocker

Blond, burly young Governor Harold Edward Stassen tossed a time bomb into Minnesota politics last week. If re-elected in November, he said, he would serve through the legislative session, then resign in April 1943 to serve as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.

Not even the most cynical politician suspected that Governor Stassen was trying to improve his chances for the 1942 gubernatorial election; he was a cold cinch for re-election anyway. But the statement spurred all three of Minnesota's parties (Republican, Democrat, Farmer-Labor) into sudden frenzy. If Stassen is re-elected and then goes off to war the following spring, the...

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