California: After Sam's Scalp

Congressman James Roosevelt, 57, last week decided to take on a tartar. He announced his candidacy against Los Angeles Mayor Samuel Yorty in next April's municipal primary.* Said Roosevelt in a gibe at Yorty's notable irascibility: "Los Angeles must not be subjected to government by tantrum."

Yorty, 55, is no pushover, not even for the eldest son of F.D.R. A maverick, he started his political career as an ultraliberal California assemblyman but turned conservative, and vociferously antiCommunist, during two terms in the U.S. House and backed Republican Richard Nixon in 1960. That brought...

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