National Affairs: New Machine in Manhattan

The American Labor Party's busy doorbell ringers were not quite enough to elect their beloved Commentator Johannes Steel (TIME, Feb. 18) to Congress. Candidate Steel, endorsed by Fiorello LaGuardia, Henry Wallace and the Communist Daily Worker, lost to Democratic wheel horse Arthur G. Klein by 4,000 votes.

But the election was significant evidence of a new trend in Manhattan politics. In former years, a light vote always meant that Tammany's Democratic machine had things its own way. Now it was the leftwing political actionists, not the party regulars, who turned out to vote...

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