Races: Ain't Nobody Gonna Touch King Claude

In his three years as Governor of Florida, rambunctious Republican Claude Kirk Jr. has made an antic art of what he calls "confrontation politics." Kirk frankly describes himself as a "tree-shakin' son of a bitch," and he has proved it repeatedly in headline-grabbing performances that range from the 1967 Jacksonville rally, at which he faced down Black Nationalist Rap Brown, to his performance last January on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where he appeared waving a petition against recent desegregation rulings.

Last week Kirk put on his most spectacular tree-shaking performance ever. Within six furious days, the Governor...

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