National Affairs: Jim's Surprise

Almost everybody except the candidates and the P.A.C. was bored with Alabama's primary campaign. One candidate afforded a spark of interest and amusement. He was 37-year-old James Elisha ("Big Jim") Folsom, a 6 ft. 8 in. shouter of tall promises, who campaigned for the governorship with a five-piece hillbilly band, a mop and a bucket ("to clean up the State Capitol"), and P.A.C.'s blessing. He had run for various offices four times, had been elected only once—to be a delegate to the 1944 Democratic National Convention (where he plunked for Henry Wallace).

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