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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, December 30, 1933
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'4-C MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE DECEMBER 30 1933 TAKES A LOOK AT POLITICAL SKIES FOR 1934 DEMOCRAT HOPES ARE BOUND UP IN NEW DEAL'S FATE JTurneiv Colflesh, Manning and Clark Figui'e in Io\va Governorship Talk; Other Political Gossip I Passed Along in This Article. ByW. EAELHALL · : The Globe-Gazette's Managing Editor. TN this article a newspaper reporter far from the political nerve centers and claiming no insjde or superior knowledge of any of the things about which he essays to write is going to set down some interesting political stories which have come his way in recent months. The first real test of the new deal's' popularity isn't due until next fall when members of the lower house of congress will be elected and the election of local and state officials will be-the order throughout the nation. It is to be assumed that for the* most part democratic officeholders ·will be candidates to succeed themselves. By the nature, of things, therefore, this article will bear more on republican possibilities .than on the democratic aide of the story which is already readable in its main outlines. Although it has been rather freely predicted that . the Koosevelt policies and program in the congress just ahead will encounter more opposition in and out of his party, the best informed opinion is that on fundamental tests, he will have a' sizable majority in both houses and that republicans will do little more than exercise its formal function as opposition party. NATIONAL OUTLOOK President Roosevelt is firmly in- trenched as head of hia party, with Al Smith established as a likely recipient of the democratic scepter if the Roosevelt philosophy of government should fail. It for any reason President Roosevelt were not available for renomin.- ation by the democrats in 1936, aid If his doctrine of government had proved itself, it appears quite likely that Indiana's dynamic young governor, Paul McNutt, would be the logical successor. This former national Legion commander and law school dean has simulated the Roosevelt program in a remarkable way withto. Indiana's state boundaries. At the moment he is America's most prominent and promising young man in public life. . Congress Must Bo Wedge. r · ; **Sr : 3iV?epuoilcan- parEy, national? ly, the situation isn't so clearcut. The universal,* r 'cry : l ; is-"'for'-,"new blood." Former-^President "-Hoover probably has the most valid claims upon headship of the party but there is' a growing belief that he does not aspire to presidential nomination again, even though it were within his grasp. 8 Two New Yorkers, Senator Wadsworth and Ogden Mills, are frequently mentioned as exeroplMs of the conservative viewpoint in republicanism. Either would as republican banner-carrier offer a complete contrast with the. Roosevelt philosophy. Governor Winant of New Hampshire is being built up by his friends as an exponent of the liberal viewpoint.: -' . . ' ."He married money and can afford to be liberal," somebody expressed it in. commenting on Winant. , -, ; , ,·'·: ." ·· v . '. · · · Cm "Their Own" This Time. But.we're getting ahead of our story. The president isn't going to be passed ;bn in. this'year ahead, except indirectly. Democratic representatives coming .up for re-election are not going to have their names beneath that of the prcsi? dent, a fact which redounded greatly to their benefit last year. ' An important decision ahead of the republican party is that of selecting an : aggressive national chairman.' The present leadership has a record of failure written against it. Perhaps it was inevitable but that makes 'it none the less true. Everett Sanders does not carry the .approval of tha party leaders, except -Hoover, perhaps, whose choice he was. MaeNIdor,Urged Again. Ahead of the 1932 campaign, there was pressure from the highest authorities, to draft Mason City's Hanford MacNIder for this post. He refused to be drafted. The same persons for him then are for him now and-it is expected that this pressure 'for.ills' selection will be resumed. An article by Samuel Blythe In. the current Saturday Evening Post mentions. MacNider as one of the iive possibilities for the Sanders post Mr. MacNider; "incidentally has been in Chicago this week Those close to him, however, believ that if the mission was connectei with this national' chairmanship, i was more likely by way of declln ing than ot accepting. Others mentioned by Mr. Blythe are Charles D. Hilles of New Jersey, Prank H. Hitchcock, national chairman back in 1908 when Taft ·was elected; Walter Edge, former New Jersey senator, and former Governor Walter Kohler of Wisconsin. course is possible. In Iowa the prediction is made .hat all present members of the louse will seek re-election, includ- .ng the three republican members, although Fred Gilchrlst of Laurens n the eighth district has been frequently mentioned as a possible governorship nominee. End of AVlllford Foreseen. Among the democrats, there is no clearcut signs of revolt except n the third district, where Will- 'ord appears to have .been slngular- y inept in his dealings with democrats and republicans alike'. The prediction is freely made that he will be swamped by the democrats in their own election. To assume that the republican candidates for congress who were swamped in the democratic ava- anche of a year ago are permanently buried would be tmwar- anted in several districts. This is articularly.true as to T. J. B. Robnson of Hampton in the third dis- rlct and of Ed Campbell in the ninth district. What their plans are hasn't been revealed but both are definitely in the situation until they withdraw themselves. Karl Fischer Mentioned. In the third district, there Is con- iiderable agitation for Karl Fischer f Vinton as a congressional can- idate. Report has it that he is not eslroua of making the race again or state auditor. Running for con- ·ress docs not appear to be his own do a and by some it is regarded as .oubtful whether he would consent o make the race if former Repre- entatlve Robinson is a candidate. Vith a clean record of service', in eaeetime and,wartime, and an exceptional capacity for making rie'nds, Mr. Fischer may be ex- lected to^go places in public life. If there is to be opposition in the fitnocratlc party to Fred Bler- mann of Decorah, it hasn't asserted tself as yet. His-viewpoint on the so-called economy act developed ome animosities for him but by and. large, Mr. Blermann patently has conducted himself to the liking if leaders of democratic thought in the district. Benson Is a Factor. Who his republican opponent will )e is anybody's guess at this time. Frlepds of former Senator Charles A. Benson of Elkader are as enthusiastic for him as ever. He opposed the late G. N. Haugen twice in the rlinaries,. revealing an increased strength and almost winning in the ast primaries. There are those, ioyrever, who would like to see Senator Benson 'in -either the lieutenant governorship or the secretary of agriculture post at Des Moines. He las not made known his plans. Thai le is a factor to be considered isn't to be doubted. King Palmer' of West Union, son of'one of the district's best known politicians of the, earlier days and limself prominent in both Legion affairs and republican politics, 'is roquently mentioned as one who could rally the support of all factions in the party. Mr. Palmer steadfastly has declined to assent to a consideration of his name. Henko'a Friends Active. ' ' W. G. Henke of Charles City whose outstanding' record last year as district Legion commander won him a host of 'friends and admirers is being urged to enter the race bul there haon't been the.slightest Indication from him that he will fall for the siren call of politics. William Phelps of McGregor, former district commander of the Legion, is reported as being a pos sibllity if the call is for a servic man from the'east end of the dls trict: A number of Cerro Gordo countyans figure in the gossip, too among them. Clarence Knutson-o Clear Lake, B. A. Webster, G. E Cress, A. L. Rule and R. F. Clough of Mason City. The mention of thei names, however, appears to be en tlrely" unsolicited and gratuitous s far as they themselves are con cerned. CONGRESS Nationally republican -strategy will call for aggressive efforts in every congressional district to name a representative who can be counted on to uphold republican traditions --which means, of course, opposing the new deal philosophy. From the republican standpoint, no other STATE POLITICS In the field of state -politics,rumor persists that Governor Her ring will a candidate for re election, that a lucrative appoinl irient, such as the Des Molrves post office, will be opened for him. Th same report persists .with respect t Mrs, Alex Miller, secretary of s tat who would go back to her home 1 Washington as postmistress, ac cording to report. The rest of this story is that Nel Kraschel Is the heir apparent the throne and that the wholly lik able and efficient Jim Green, an as slstact to the secretary of stat would' succeed to that offic Kraschel has been under the hcav WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THESE IOWANS IN PUBLIC LIFE? HANFORD MacNIDER DAN TURNER OLl'DE HERRING ED DWNN BOB COLFLESH NELS KRASCHEL RAY MURRAY est fire in connection with his part n the public works program. The manner in which he emerges from ils brush will doubtless determine his future course in politics. The ttack on Governor Herring has een of a widespread variety and £ a highly personal character. Jefferson Man Boosted. There is a rather general as- umption that other state officers vill try for re-election. Mention has ieen made of Senator Benson as a lossibllity for republican nomina- lon as secretary, of state or lieu- eriant governor. E. B. McLaugh- "u of Jefferson, Greene county, is eing pushed by his friends for the epublican audltorehip nomination. A special North Iowa interest at- aches to Ray Murray, secretary of griculture. This Buffalo Center armer has' played an important art in the federal government's re- overy program and with a minimum of criticism up to this time. It s believed that Mark Thornburg of "Immetsburg, - whom Murray dis- odged, will try his luck for renom- ination in June. Watchful waiting has been the guiding rule for republican aspirants to the governorship. On the no hand they have been waiting to ee how the democratic experiment ;urned out. On the other they have vaited to see'what Dan Turner was ;olng to do. Turner's Still the Head Man. The fact that the Corning man ppeared neither happy nor 100 per ent effective aa chief executive oesn't eliminate the fact just as eal that lie Is stilt the head man f the republican party in Iowa so ar as state policies and politics are oncerned. Pulled down by ' ths democratic andslide, Mr. Turner is known to ave been tremendously shocked and disappointed. To this writer, no sin- ·le fact of the election a year ago was ^as amazing as this. Though we hadn't agreed with him in many of his policies, we conceded to him formidable political strength. And we still do. The question now Is whether Dan Turner will seek vindication for himself by announcing for the governorship or whether he will abide fay the counsel of his large number of volunteer counaelers and announce for congress against Otho Wearin, the youthful democrat now representing his district in Washington. Congress, Then Senate? Those close to the.former governor profess to know that his yen is for statesmanship rather than the routine of an executive in the governor's chair. The live posaibil-- ity of building himself as a United States senator candidate .in 1836 is said to be a factor weighed by him In his dilemma. Among the newcomers under consideration, the individual most often and most favorably mentioned is Robert W. Colflesh, a past department commander of the American Legion, known locally because he lived his boyhood at the Odd Fellows home. While he has not committed himself to candidacy, his friends in all sections of the state are plugging enthusiastically for him. Colflesb Has a Future, With an admirable ability, as lawyer, as-speaker and as executive; with an unexcelled record and an appeal to sentiment, which he would never use nor sanction, based on his loss in battle of a leg; with youth and distinguished achievement on his side let nobody doubt that Bob Colflesh would be a formidable candidate. . . Edwin (Buck) Manning, Ottumwa mayor, has his zealous supporters. At present he is under fire from the rival party but many close to It is Our Sincere Wish that 1934 will bring Health, Wealth and Happiness to our many friends. AGAIN WE SAY . . . HAPPY NEW YEAR PURITY BAKERY 316 SOUTH FEDERAL AVE. PHONE 88 Start the New Year Right Do not start it by cranking your car because you have poor gasoline in your tank. Start the New Year right. Drive to the Log Cabin Oil Company and fill your car with DIXIE · high-test gasoline at low-test price. Then you will not have to crank it. Step on the starter and it will start immediately. We guarantee that your car wiil have better pickup and it will not go coughing down the street. Give us a trial and convince yourself. We know you will be back. DENATURED ALCOHOL IS 59c A GALLON in your container, or 20c per quart serviced in your car. LOG CABIN OIL CO. Stations at Mnson City, Cedar Falls, Keneett, Iowa, and OlenvlHe, Minnesota. the situation, believe that this is no more than an aswer to the politically inspired attack on Lieutenant Governor Kraschel. OttumWans believe that Mr. Manning has been a distinguished mayor; his warmest support la from those who would have the greatest grievance against him i£ the charges made against him were true. Clark flfay Bo Goaded Into It. It can't be said that either Colflesh or Manning are definitely in the race. But they are nearer the starting line than any of the many others who receive an occasional mention. Among these is Ed Clark of Mason City, who may be goaded into candidacy hy what is rather generally accepted as democratic persecution based on a combination of political appetite on one hand and commercial avarice on the other. Mr. Clark had no thought other than being a good insurance commissioner, completing the job of "cleaning up things" that was mapped out for him when he accepted appointment. But his friends, and they're legion in this territory, regard him as definitely of governorship caliber. · Under Two Restraints. Mr. Clark is under at least two clearcut restraints as regards a gubernatorial candidacy. Tn the first place,'he would not under any circumstances be a candidate against the man who appointed him to his present office. Though he and Dan Turner have not seen eye to eye on all policies connected with the insurance office, there is nothing of the ingrate about the local. man. The chances are he would be an active supporter if a Turner candidacy develops. A close personal friendship 'and warm admiration exist between Mr. Ulark and Mr. Colflesh, although, they have not perhaps always trained in the same political camp. A political rivalry between them is conceivable but it can be said with certainty that neither would enter it with any zest or satisfaction with respect to that angle of it. At least a dozen names have been suggested for the republican governorship nomination. Colflesh, Manning, Clark and Gilchiist have been referred to. In the foregoing. Judge lOTrein of Spencer, George Call of Sioux City, once of Algona, Don Berry of Indlanola, Ed Smith of Winterset, Senator Oliver Bennett of Mapleton, Senator Ed Hicklin of Wapello, Senator George Patterson of Algona and John Hammill of Britt have all had their backers. There may be a half dozen at the post when the gim is sounded next June. THE HOME FRONT Locally there is an assumption that the present holders of courthouse offices will all be up for re- nomination in the June primaries. It is to be assumed, further, with the scent of victory in their nostrils, the democratic party will enter the contest this year in more than a perfunctory manner. It is, of course, too early for any announcements and no names are yet being mentioned even in drugstore or smokeshop conversation. This is true with the exception of the office of county attorney. Here nearly every young barrister in the county is looked upon as a receptive candidate in one party or the other. Where's Ed Dunn Headed? A rumor has persisted for the ast several weeks that a way is ;o be found before long to dislodge Harry Reed of Waterloo from the district attoraeyahip, a choice federal appointive position in North iDwa that corresponds to the position held by Bob Colflesh in sou thorn Iowa. The other part of this rumor Is that Ed Dunn, Mason City lawyer, who back in 1812 came within a few hundred, votes of the governorship, is to fall heir to the position. Mr. Dunn has disclaimed any effort to oust Mr. Reed ahead of his time. He was, in fact, complimentary in hla estimate of the Waterloo man's ability and integrity. Whether Mr. Dunn seeks this post if and when it opens isn't certain. Attractive as it' may be, Mr. Dunn may be appraiaing It in relation to a quest for the V. S. seuatorshlp in 1936. This, it should be added in haste, is conjectural too. Mr. Dunn isn't talking about his plans. But his friends are. Mayb« the Governorship. Since the earliest days,of Roosevelt popularity in Iowa, Mr. Dunn has been identified with the presi- dent's cause. His personal acquaintance and friendship with the president antedates that of Wallace, Murphy or any of the others so close to the white house now. .Mr. Dunn.planned the James Roosevelt visit here last fall, it will be recalled. If_ the Roosevelt program _ carries through, a presidential bless-'. ing upon the local man may be listed as among his choicest assets. There have been sporadic Indications that no particular affection- exists between Clyde Herring and Ed Dunn. Is it possible that Mr. Dunn will be a candidate for governor next June, thus hoping to build himself for the senatorship two years later? Here again, just speculation. And thus endeth the tale. No part of it guaranteed. Undoubtedly more fiction than fact. The writer protects himself by biding behind that old alibi: "I know not .what the truth may be; I merely tell it as 'twas told to me!" The poppy has ben in cultivation from early times. We Wish You.. all Good Luck and Happiness throughout the coming year. And we sincerely thank you for your patronage during 1933. Mason City Battery Electric Co. t. R. PROBEHT 304 Second Street S. W.. L. E. 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