Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 24, 1972 · Page 7
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*A--Sept. 24, 1972 POLITICS ------ Ch»rl««1tn, Vir t lnl» -- . Martha Mitchell Wants To Get Streets Clean By Bob Wdodward ,, © 7972 The Washington Post NEW YORK-At the desk of Marriott's Essex House just south of Central Park here, a team of clerks insists that suite 710 is vacant. But a reporter who knocked on the door immediately after the maids arrived Friday at 10:15 a.m. found Martha Mitchell. "I'm so embarrassed--you caught me with grease on my face," she said. Then, during a wide-ranging 15-minute interview, with vacuum cleaners whirring in the background, the former attorney general's wife relaxed and said she is going to enter New York politics. "I'm going, to get into politics in this place. I'm going to get them to clean up the streets," Mrs. Mitchell said. Each time the conversation drifted to the Watergate bugging incident, or her reference weeks ago to all of those "dirty things that go on" in politics, she would only say: "I don't know. You tell me." Or, "That comes out in the book." MRS. MITCHELL has said she plans, to write a book in the near future. "My husband has told me I could get $2 million for anything I wrote . . . I could write a book on just what happened in one year in Washington," she said. For the time being, Mrs Mitchell said, she was busy "making my family into a nonpolitical entity." After that, she said, she could begin her writing and campaign for cleaner streets. Mrs. Mitchell wouldn't let her visitor come into the two-bedroom suite, but stood at the open door and smoked a cigarette. She wore a printed blouse, blue slacks and white sandals with high heels. Her hair was up, she smiled frequently, seemed jovial and occasionally leaned her hand on one hip as she spoke. "It's clean-up day--that's why I'm not dressed," she said. Room 710 is the "Marriott Suite" and rents for $185 a day. But a hotel official said the Mitchells are "paying much much less because of their connections around and in Washington." Mrs. Mitchell said the suite is "where the (Marriott) bosses stay when they're here. J. Willard Marriott, owner of the Hot Shoppes Restaurant is a friend of President Nixon and a major GOP contributor. Donald Nixon, the President's brother, is a vice president of the Mariott Corp. Mrs. Mitchell said that she and her husband have bought a Fifth Avenue apartment and will close the deal next month, but have no moving date. "I haven't counted the rooms. . . but it's so good to be back here. New York's a vacation . . . I'm getting reorganized." She said she has little time for the theater but went out to dinner Thursday night. Asked about her activities, she said she has little time because "you don't buy an apartment in two days and you don't sell one in two days, either. I can tell you haven't moved in a long time. CONTRARY TO RUMOR, she said the Mitchells have not sold their Watergate apartment in Washington. (A spokesman in the office of Sen. Russell Long, D-La., said the purchase by Sen. and Mrs. Long of the Mitchells' Watergate apartment "has not been finalized yet. It has not yet been bought and paid for," said the source. "But the two families are in agreement, and I think the Longs are going to take it.") The Mitchells have been at the Essex House here since Sept. 13, the day before their 11-year-old daughter, Marty, MARTHA MITCHELL Entering Politics started seventh grade here at a private school. Mrs. Mitchell' said that President Nixon would win the election by "the biggest landslide in the history of the country . . . getting 99.9 per cent of the vote." I think there shouldn't be an election If you ask me the President should have a seven- year .term and boom, then put him out. "They (presidents) start running again after they're in office two years--and I don't care which party you're talking about." She said her husband, who resigned as President Nixon's campaign manager on July 1 at her insistence, was "extremely" lappy now. She said she sees him "much more. It's great." Mrs. Mitchell said her hus- jand has not been in Washington since their arrival here 10 days ago. Asked about Washington, she replied: "They don't know what's going on in the country from there. They place themselves in a little box." She said all the news madia |eopl* are "still after me . . . Jut it's good to create some curiosity and stay away." Concerning her role in Wash- ngton, she said, "I was unique to Washington because I was sincere and honest with the American people. My husband lad nothing to gain politically." The interview WM terminated when Tom Wince, the Mitchells' security guard, called her to the hone. She stepped back from he door, waved, said goodby, ihook hands, smiled and closed the big white door of the Marriott Suite. 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