The Nation: Hugh & Pat & Bob & Arthur

New York Governor Hugh Carey is not talking to his political muscleman and personal pal, State Democratic Chairman Patrick Cunningham. This silent treatment bespeaks no lack of affection but is part of Carey's effort to rebut accusations of collusion to obstruct justice.

Just before Christmas Carey tried in vain to fire Special Prosecutor Maurice Nadjari, a controversial Republican holdover (TIME, Jan. 5). Nadjari then disclosed that he had been investigating Cunningham on suspicion of peddling judgeships in exchange for payoffs. The special prosecutor in effect accused Carey of attempting to fire him in order to shield Cunningham. Now Cunningham is strenuously...