SEQUELS: Patronage

Life's biggest moment came for Ed McCarthy last year before the television cameras at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco. As a longtime Republican, a hard-working precinct worker, an alternate delegate to the convention—and a member in good standing of the United Steelworkers—Ed was picked out of the crowd to second the nomination of Dwight Eisenhower for President.

McCarthy was a hero of sorts when he got back home to Providence. At the station was a happy welcoming crowd of Republicans. Then he looked again. There was also a second welcoming committee...