National Affairs: How Good Is Goodie?

A major shooting scrape in the continuing California political feud between Vice President Richard Nixon and Governor Goodwin J. Knight came on Aug. 8, 1954, in their fight for control of the Republican State Central Committee. Knight won hands down, installing his men both as chairman and vice chairman, largely because many of the committee members are appointed by state legislators who are notoriously sensitive to the governor's patronage and his veto power over their pet bills. Since then, it has been generally taken for granted that "Goodie" Knight could do much as he liked with the State Central Committee, and...

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