The Political Interest: Why Clinton Is Catching On

Why Clinton Is Catching On

The calls were made at around 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6. "Bad news," one of Mario Cuomo's aides told George Friedman, the Democratic leader of the Bronx. "The Governor's out of it." Cracked Friedman: "Everybody knows that. Now tell me about his plans." Assured that the message was not about Cuomo's mental state and that the Governor really was pulling the plug on an incipient favorite-son presidential candidacy, Friedman and his Democratic machine colleagues across New York State were finally liberated to chart their own course. Five hours later a number of them, including Friedman, had thrown their support to...

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