New York: The Candidate & the Clamor

"I, for one, cannot stand by while the decline and fall of New York continues headlong," said Manhattan's Republican Representative John V. Lindsay, and, so saying, announced his candidacy for mayor against Democrat Robert Wagner.

The reaction was extraordinary. For the rest of the week, New York City newspapers filled whole pages with accounts of Lindsay's activities. Editorialists and columnists extolled his virtues. Lindsay's candidacy, said the New York Times, "means that for the first time in years, the minority party is presenting a candidate who offers a real choice to the voter, who will fight a real contest, and who...

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