Virgin Islands: A Rum Go

The U.S. Senate's Interior Committee finally approved one of the most controversial of President Kennedy's political appointees last week, but not without a wrangle that caused a sensation in the placid Virgin Islands and some raised eyebrows in Washington. At issue was the appointment of Millionaire Democrat Ralph Paiewonsky, 53, to be Territorial Governor of the Virgin Islands. The question: How could Paiewonsky possibly avoid conflict of interest considering the fact that his family owns the islands' biggest rum distillery as well as wide-ranging island interests in real estate, movies, liquor, stationery and gift shops?

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