San Francisco: Two Strikes on Alioto

Joseph Alioto, son of a Sicilian fishmonger, won fortune as an antitrust lawyer and fame as mayor of San Francisco. Now he wants to run for the California governorship. In recent months, his political ambitions have been dealt two setbacks. First, Look magazine charged that he was involved with Mafia characters, an allegation to which the mayor responded with a $12.5 million libel suit (TIME, Sept. 19, 1969). Now, newspaper exposes report that Alioto apparently split legal fees with the then attorney general of Washington State.

Alioto last week denied any illegality or impropriety and depicted the brouhaha as a...

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