National Affairs: How to Steal a Scene

New York's mayoralty campaign was over before the election. The sure winner in the battle of personalities (rather than of municipal issues): 55-year-old, Erin-born Democratic and American Labor Party Candidate William O'Dwyer, onetime New York City cop, onetime Brigadier General in the U.S. Army who, like Tom Dewey, gained fame as a gang-busting district attorney.

The candidates got into the public eye as much as possible as the campaign spat to a close last week. But through it all, flashing the personality that has endeared him to New Yorkers even when they were weary of his clowning, fussy, dumpy, outgoing Mayor...

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