National Affairs: Family Quarrel

As head of the Senate's dirt-moving Mead Committee, New York's tall, toothy Democratic Senator James M. Mead was providing a dual service for his party—whether it liked it or not. He was giving himself a hastily assembled reputation as a guardian of political morals, a device which might well be useful when he ran against ex-gangbuster Tom Dewey in New York's gubernatorial race. He was also giving Democrats the chance to say "we policed ourselves" in the event the country went Republican next autumn. Having tossed Andy May's reputation into the ashcan the Mead Committee last week roughed up another Democrat.

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