Rhode Island: The Colonel & the Senator

"Senator Pell is a real smoothie, all right," said a Newport matron, "but this colonel is really dragging him up and down over the coals." The colonel in question is Lieut. Colonel Briggs, U.S.A. (ret.), a brisk-mannered, parade-ground-voiced old campaigner who is gunning for the Rhode Island Senate seat of Democrat Claiborne Pell.

Colonel Briggs—who was known to the troops as "Old Poker Face" during the war—is the choice of Republican Governor John Chafee and the G.O.P. state central committee, and is thus the strong favorite to win the Republican primary next month. Confident of this, the colonel last week...

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