Politics: Battle of the Socialites

Pennsylvania has the fattest patronage payroll in the U.S.: some 55,000 jobs for whichever political party elects its Governor. Largely because the spoils are so sweet, Pennsylvania's Democrats and Republicans have for years fought bitterly among themselves and with each other. This year, with both the governorship and a U.S. Senate seat at stake in November, the scrambling has been at its height.

After months of infighting, the king makers of both parties finally settled last week on their candidates for Governor. For the Democrats, it was Socialite Yaleman Richardson Dilworth, 63, who resigned after...

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