Cleveland: Into the Mud

Cleveland's mayoralty race had every prospect of being a model campaign. Democrat Carl B. Stokes, a Negro and son of a laundry worker, and Republican Seth Taft, scion of a distinguished political dynasty, are candidates of demonstrable ability and goodwill. Moreover, both had seemed determined to keep the campaign out of the mud. But by last week the race had descended from issues to insults.

The turning point came a fortnight ago when Stokes openly introduced the issue of race. Making the tortuous claim that Taft was subtly trying to capitalize on...

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