New York: Campaign by Consensus

"I guess we are pretty much agreed on everything," admits Democratic Candidate Orin Lehman. "There isn't much difference on issues," says his Republican opponent, Theodore Kupferman. Their Alphonse-Gaston dialogue has brought stupefaction to voters of New York's 17th Congressional District, one of the most sophisticated, issue-conscious constituencies in America. Covering the east-central quarter of Manhattan Island, the district includes the art, music, publishing, theatrical and television nerve centers of the nation, upper-level Greenwich Village latitudes, and the gold-paved stretches of Fifth and Park avenues. Next week the 17th elects a successor to John Lindsay, who resigned after seven years as...

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