Nation: Shuffle Off in Buffalo

To chesty Peter J. Crotty, 51, the future must have seemed cheery. As the Democratic boss of New York's Erie County (Buffalo), he delivered bountifully for Jack Kennedy in 1960 and got the new President's heartfelt thanks in person at the White House. Soon word was passed that Crotty was a Kennedy favorite to replace bumbling Michael H. Prendergast as New York State Democratic chairman—might even aspire to becoming national chairman one day.

And then came last week's election in Buffalo. A Crotty protėgé. Democratic Mayor Frank A. Sedita, had been beaten in the primary by Democratic Councilman Victor E. Manz. Crotty...

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