Senate Minority Leader William Fife Knowland was outspokenly annoyed at the appointment, and so were a lot of other Capitol Hill Republican leaders. Republican National Chairman Meade Alcorn protested to the White House. New Mexico Republicans simmered.

Last week, despite the mutterings of patronage-bent Republicans, President Eisenhower named Democrat Robert McKinney, New Mexico newspaper publisher (Santa Fe New Mexican), cattleman and corporation director, as the U.S. representative in the 45-nation International Atomic Energy Agency, created to carry out the atoms-for-peace program that the President proposed in December 1953. Patronage problems aside,...

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