National Affairs: At the First Turn

With all of New York State's politicos in an uproar about labor racketeering and shakedown at harness-racing tracks (TIME, Oct. 5-12), it was a foregone conclusion that the issue would be dragged into the New York City mayoralty campaign. Last week Robert Wagner Jr., the Democratic candidate for mayor, grabbed the scandal and tried to throw it all the way to Washington.

"That Boy." In an "emergency" broadcast, Wagner charged that "one of the most important men in the U.S." had attempted to spring Joey Fay, a notorious labor extortioner, from Sing Sing Prison. Said Wagner: "I call on the governor to...

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