Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 14, 1970 · Page 11
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 11

Rochester, New York
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Wednesday, October 14, 1970
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Analysis Fight of the Unde . ALBANY (AP) - His once sandy hair is shot through with gray, and there's a bit less bounce in his step. But the grin is as wide as ever and the big paw still reaches out eagerly to clasp the voter's hand or pat his shoulder. At age 62, Nelson A. Rockefeller, the nation's senior governor in length of servicers working the campaign trail with the same style, vigor and political script that won his the office 12 years ago. Bidding for an unprecedented fourth four-year term, Republican Rockefeller insists, as he always has, that he is the underdog this time to Democrat Arthur J. Goldberg, the former U.S. Supreme , Court justice and United Nations ambassador. Rockefeller points out that Democrats outnumber Republicans by 600,000 registered voters, and that Goldberg, who also has the Liberal party nomination, can expect 300,000 to 400,000 extra votes on that , ballot line. So, says Rockefeller, he has nearly one million votes to. overcome, and must draw Democratic support away from Goldberg apd win the bulk of the state's 700,000 independents.' 1 Rockefeller also cited privately commissioned polls that always show him lagging far behind his Democratic opponent at the campaign's outset. . But, following the script, Rockefeller allowed in mid-September that later polls showed him moving up, and any day, now he'll announce that he has pulled even. Rockefeller has worked this formula three times, beginning with his initial victory over the 1958 incumbent, W.' Averell Harriman. '' " This time, the governor and his campaign aides insist that Goldberg is a much more for- j midable challenger,, but their, confident' manner belies their words.' , And the fact is that most of the election observers rate Rockefeller as the favorite not by a wide margin, but nevertheless the likely winner. Goldberg himself predicts victory but insists he must be considered the underdog. "How can you say you're the favorite when you're running against a billion-dollar candidate?" Goldberg protested. Rockefeller's money he spends his own freely and seems able to raise as much as he wants from relatives and friends surely gives him a formidable advantage. Goldbsrfj, raised irra Chicago slum, is now a rather well-to-do lawyer, but his per-send funds Era modest in terms of what is needed to fi- The KLM-'EoHA LAKE (APi - The state AFL-CIO faces a boycott from zzmz riiember unions today as it reconvenes to decide v.;e.hc:- to reconsider, its endorsement of Gov. RcdiefeCe? for re-election.- Leaders of four major unions say they will shun the convention .for a rump session of their own in New York City to demonstrate support of Arthur J. Goldberg for governor. The four unions the International Union of Electrical Workers, National Maritime Union, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, and the State, County and.. Municipal Employes contend that Rockefeller's endorsement was rammed through the convention last month. At the meeting, Rockefeller was declared as the convention's choice after a bitter floor fight. Raymond R. Corbett, president of the federation and a Rockefeller supporter, announced the decision after a standing vote by the 1,300 delegates. War Fees Back Goodell kv.w VORif CAPl Fnrtv yesterday endorsed Sen. Charles E. Goodell for return to the Senate, he "has made it impossible" for their movement "to be dismissed as an unreasonable Goodell cochairmen Cora Weiss and Stewart Mecaham, and Nobel prize-winning biologist George Wald. ' Signers included Yale Universfty Chaplain William Sloan Coffin, actress Jane Fonda, Dr. Benjamin Spock and Corretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The statement said Goodell had introduced the first bill to cut off funds for the war and '"has raised the dangerous national implications of the rhetoric of Vice President Spiro Agnew." y w f Rockefeller nance a New York campaign, and he can expect little help from the deficit - ridden Democratic state organization. So Goldberg has been scrambling for campaign funds, hoping to raise jfl million. By contrast, Rockefeller is expected to spend anywhere from $5 million to $20 million. Beyond the financial aspect, there are numerous other elements in Rockefeller's favor. The most significant are the personalities df the candidates themselves, the efficiency of their campaign operations and their relative ability to attract support from the diverse elements of this state's polyglot electorate. No issue has emerged as a potentially decisive factor. Rockefeller's campaign slogan, hammered across in waves of TV-radio advertising, is "He's done a lot he'll do more." It's to meet head-on the argument that Rockefeller has been in office too long. He boasts of a massive expansion of the state university system, billion-dollar capital programs to correct water pollution and improve mass transportation and an ambitious effort to combat drug addiction. Goldberg's answers are that the water program has moved too slowly, that New York City . transit is sloppy, and inefficient and that the anti-narcotic program has failed because it has attempted to treat the ailment rather than the social root causes of addiction. "Leadership, for a change" is his slogan. Among other things, Goldberg has blamed Rockefeller for growing unemployment in the state, saying the governor has mutely accepted Nixon administration economic policies. Rockefeller has tried to dissociate from the Nixon administration, stating publicly that he wishes no in-state campaign appearances by President or by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. . Nixon has made one campaign appearance, and Ag-new's vehement opposition to New York Campaign oDnonents of the Vietnam war fringe." A statement of endorsement, read at a new conference, said the Republican senator's use of his "office and stature" to oppose President , Nixon's policies "has heightened the antiwar consciousness." Present at the news conference were Goodell and five spokesmen for the signers of the endorsement, journalists David Schoemburn and Murray Ampton, New MOBILIZATION Committee 3w jf'jL Goldberg the re-election of Republican ' Sen. Charles Goodell has become a major issue in Good-ell's lagging campaign against Democrat Richard Ottinger and Conservative John Buckley. However, neither Nixon or Agnew has intervened publicly in the gubernatorial race. As a campaigner, Rockefeller still evinces the energy and charm that carried him to previous victories as he crisscrosses the state in his family-owned turbo-prop airplane. Rockefeller is a month older than Goldberg, but his personal appearance is much more youthful. His broad-sliouldered, stocky figure is trim he's lost 15 pounds since he began campaigning in early summer and women voters continue to find his ruggedly handsome profile much to their liking. On a typical campaign appearance, at upstate Hornell, Rockefeller alighted from his plane in warm sunshine and doffed his -jacket, moving through airport crowd, shaking hands, winking, smiling, draping an arm around the shoulders of local politicians. "Hi, it's great to see you," is his usual salutation. '('It's so good of you to cfome' all this way . . . That's a rlice banner ... Are those your children? Gosh, they're cute . . . What a day. You've got a beautiful place here." ( Goldberg's campaign style, in his first try for public office has been described as lofty and basically reserved. But he has tried hard to relax, having been told repeatedly by campaign aides that he conducts himself too much like the Supreme Court judge he once was. . Attempting to dispel the impression that he is stuffy, Goldberg often tells an anecdote involving his wife, Dorothy. He makes the point that they have been married-for 39 years, recalling in the minds of some listeners the divorce in Rockefeller's background. Goldberg says that shortly after he began campaigning a newspaper article described its over Corbett then adjounred the session despite demands for a roll call vote by Goldberg supporters. Later the executive council approved a motion to reconsider the endorsement. Some' of the delegates had departed, however, so it was decided to recess the convention for a month to allow those absent to vote. The issue will be the first matter before the convention tomorrow. Victor Gotbaum, executive director of District 37 of the State, County and Municipal Employes, deplpred the fashion in which the Rockefeller endorsemnt was votd, calling it "dishonest, a fraud and tragic." .. He announced the rump session. Joseph Curran, head of the maritime union, announced the gathering to members as a rally for Goldberg and Basil Paterson, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. Delaney Endorses Buckley NEW YORK (AP) Conservative Party senatorial candidate James L. Buckley yesterday won the endorsement cl Democratic Rep. James L. Delaney of Queens. Delaney, a high ranking - - ,s i( Si!. ' I Buckley been stalwart Dempcrats all their lives are openly stating that the Democratic party will be taken. over by radicals if something isn't done to stop the left wing element once and for nil. I agree' with them." tuOQS his manner as pompous. "I was hurt by that," he says, "and I showed the story to Dorothy. 'You know me better than anyone,' I said. 'Do you think I'm pompous?' Arid do you know what she replied: 'No, Mister Justice'." More important, perhaps, is the comparison between the two campaign organizations. .Rockefeller's is heavily staffed, richly financed, and led by experienced professionals who function with conspicuous efficiency. The Goldberg team appears understaffed and overworked adn seems to function in benevolent dis- array. It shows in Rockefeller's precisely timed and executed camoaign itineraries. Often Goldberg's staff is not entirely sure where he's going until just before he starts out, and he usually falls badly behind schedule before the day is over. One of Goldberg's biggest disappointments has been his inability to stem defections of organized labor to the Rockefeller camp, especially embarrassing for a man who was general counsel to the Steel-workers' Union and special counsel to the AFL-CIO before becoming John F. Kennedy's secretary of labor. But Rockefeller's wide-ranging public construction program has won the favor of the state's building trades unions, and they combined with other unions who like Rockefeller's labor record to win an endorsement of his candidacy by the state AFL-CIO. It was the first time that the state labor group had embraced a Republican gubernatorial contender. Rockefeller also has been adept at gaining endorsements from prominent figures in the highly f actionalized New York Democratic party, including party patriarch Samuel Rosen-man, an intimate adviser of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This was particularly dismaying to Goldberg, because Rosenman is held in high esteem by New York City's influential Jewish population. And Goldberg is counting heavily on his own appeal to the city's big Jewish vote, which has gone heavily to Rockefeller in the past. Goldberg also expects strong support from non-white voters because his running mate is a black, Harlem State Sen. Basil A. Paterson, first Negro to run for lieutenant governor on a major party ticket. Goldberg's camoaign appears to have made little impact on the voters,although he is well known to the electorate, and most people seem to have a favorable impression of him. member of the House Rules Committee, has been in Congress 24 years and is the third senior Democrat in the New York State congressional delegation. He called Buckley's opponents, incumbent Republican Sen. Charles E. Goodell and Rep. Richard L. Ottinger, D-Westchester, "alike as peas in a pod." He told a news conference that while party lines were being followed in local elections, but added: "Men and women who have ...-wiilSiER DEMOCRAT Wednesday, October 14, 1970 JD Coming to GITUX'S Up to a week's worth of trash in a neat little hag the new iMiirlpool Trash Masher COMPACTOR 149 CLLNTON AVE. 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