REPUBLICANS: The Durkin Tempest

As one appointment after another flashed out of Dwight Eisenhower's New York headquarters, there was scarcely a sound from Ohio, where Robert A. Taft was sitting out the interregnum. After the last Cabinet post was filled, Senator Taft had something to say. Having slept soundly on his indignation, he wrote out next morning a statement denouncing the appointment of the A.F.L. Plumbers & Pipe Fitters' President Martin P. Durkin as Secretary of Labor. It was "incredible," said Taft, that the President-elect should appoint a man who "has always been a partisan Truman...

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