POLITICS: The Minnesota Explosion

The Eisenhower organization in Minnesota was a scale model of what a political machine should not be. Head of Minnesotans for Eisenhower was white-haired Bradshaw Mintener, 49-year-old vice president and general counsel of Pillsbury Mills. Amateur Mintener and most of his workers were ready & willing, but inexperienced. "Headquarters" was an ill-furnished, dingy, rent-free storeroom in downtown Minneapolis. For a while there were three telephones, but two were disconnected to save on the bill.

"Drive for Five." When Mintener wanted to enter Ike in the Minnesota primary, the headmen of the Eisenhower-for-President...

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