POLITICAL NOTES: Rival's Revenge

After his booming victory in 1958, New York's Governor Nelson Rockefeller enjoyed a blissful first-session honeymoon with the grateful Republicans in control of the state legislature. But even as popular Newcomer Rockefeller got what he wanted in the way of tax increases and a pay-as-you-go budget, dark thoughts were percolating behind one steadily smiling face in the legislative crowd. Liberal, Manhattan-rooted Rocky had steamrollered upstate Conservative Walter Joseph Mahoney out of the G.O.P. gubernatorial nomination, and Senate Majority Leader Mahoney was not disposed to forgive.

Convivial Walter Mahoney, a Republican Roman Catholic, was elected state senator from Buffalo at 28,...

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