The Nation: Four of the New Mayors

NEW YORK: Bored and exhausted by the internecine political wars of the past decade, Democrats finally agreed on—or succumbed to—a single choice for mayor. If for no other reason, bantam-size Abe Beame, 67, had earned the designation because of his 40 years of unstinting service to the party. Picking up support from the right and left, from reformers and clubhouse regulars, from real estate interests and civil service unions, the city comptroller rolled up a staggering 58% of the vote, leaving his three opponents pathetically far behind.

The campaign was noteworthy for its lack...

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