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Old 05-17-2010, 05:56 PM
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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This is interesting. West Virginia voters may have inadvertently saved the world …oh yeah, and we may have killed JFK in the process. Sorry about that.

David Broder
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:39 PM
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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I (vaguely) recall the 1960 primary. I remember that my parents were quite surprised that Kennedy won.

Things I heard later (maybe true, maybe not) were that the going rate in the coalfields was to accompany those slate cards with a $5 bill and a pint.

And Joe P. Kennedy, when apprised of the cost of winning in WV, is supposed to have commented that all he wanted to do was buy a victory in West Virginia, not a landslide.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:57 PM
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Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid And Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia

Amazon.com: Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide:…

Pretty interesting book.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:11 AM
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I hauled voters in that election...was 16, had a trunk full of whiskey but none of the money.

The whiskey was Lord Calvert and Seagrams 7. Small 3 or 4 oz bottles and very cute.
I took several boxes home later in the day.

The money was in huge rolls of $5.00 bills and handled by the Precinct Supervisor.

We hauled every Democrat to the polls and two Republicans, (by mistake)...I gave them whiskey too.
Everybody wanted their 'due...women too.

Proudly, I hauled every 'Good Democrat in the 2nd Precinct.

Was paid $100 cash.

That money put 2 recap winter tires on my car, filled it with gasoline, installed 2 new mufflers (as it was a '56 ford), put new brake reline kits on the wheels and the gas station owner let me wash it for free.
I had $18.00 left over for my dates. A literal fortune. Gasoline was about $0.26 a gallon.

It was a great time...Kennedy had West Virginia the bag...the people loved him.
He spoke their language and tried to help them later, afterall, he owed them everything.

We lost a lot when he and his brother were murdered.
Who knows what positive outcome could have came to us if they had been allowed to live.
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