POLITICAL NOTES: Straws in the Wind

¶In Detroit, Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa announced ferociously that his huge, racket-riddled union would organize nationally to defeat every one of the 324 Senators and Representatives who voted for the hated Landrum-Griffin labor-reform bill. Singled out on Hoffa's purge list: Massachusetts' Senator John F. Kennedy, top banana of the Democratic presidential hopefuls ("I won't support any spoiled millionaires," huffed Hoffa), and—surprisingly—Michigan's Senator Patrick V. McNamara, longtime (1937-55) president of the Detroit Pipefitters (A.F.L.) and shameless apologist for the Teamsters Union during the Senate investigation of Hoffa and his henchmen. Still a political toddler, Hoffa may regret his hasty ukase against...

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