Democrats: Shooting at Big Daddy

"It's a little like being the fastest gun in the West," mused Jesse ("Big Daddy") Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly and 265-lb. strongman of his state's Democratic politics. "Every punk who comes around wants to try you out for size." Unruh knew what he was talking about: he was, after all, being shot at from all sides.

Among Unruh's many critics is Bart Lytton, a Los Angeles savings and loan millionaire, who does not believe Unruh has paid him the deference he deserves as one of California's top Democratic fund raisers. Unruh describes Lytton as "a mad genius, in equal...

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