National Affairs: Victory for Jimmy

In running for Congress in California, Jimmy Roosevelt had to overcome almost as many problems as a soap-opera heroine. To begin with, he had to make a political comeback; in 1950 he had been beaten by more than 1,000,000 votes by Earl Warren for governor. This time he 1) faced nine candidates, 2) was repudiated by Democratic National Chairman Steve Mitchell, and 3) was, of course, dogged everywhere by his famed signed letter in which he confessed to adultery with nine women.

Instead of risking large, outdoor audiences — and hecklers — Jimmy wisely decided to put on a parlor campaign in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!