Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, March T, 1973 THE HKAID 35 Richard Daley makes comeback describing Steven Graebing's first go at ice skating. Steven, 6, of Sandusky, Ohio, that there's nothing to standing. It's moving on the dumb things that can trip a guy up. By RALPH NOVAK CHICAGO (NBA) The plaUitive cry is coming all the way from D.C., but it is as clear and crisp as the chill wind that carries it off Lake Michigan and into the mayor's office on LaSalle Street. It is the Democratic Nation- al Committee and they are cal- ling, "Come home, Richard J. Daley." It is only about eight months since Daley's Chicago delega- tion was rudely bounced from tlie Democratic National Con- vention in favor of an up- start McGovern-orionted group. Out with the bad old politics, in with the good new politics. But since then, George Mc- Govern and his supporters have been singularly unsuccessful. The leadership of the Nation- reverted familiar Chicago. 'I worked for Kennedy because I thought he was a good man and I wanted Mm to I told the mayor. 'Not because of what I thought I could get out of it. I used to think that's why you supported liim, too, but I guess I was wrong.' Just then he pushed al Committee has back into more hands with the replacement of McGovemite Jean Wcstwocd by Robert Strauss as chairman. And the party very solicitously asked for Daley's help in pick- ing a new chairman for the resolutions committee. Out with the bad new politics, in with the good old politics. FIGHT Daley's choice to cany his colors back into the battle was not one of his paunchy, wrinkle- faced cronies with an unpron- ounceable Polish name or even one of his paunchy, wrinkle- faced cronies with a pronounce- able Irish name. It was Jane Byrne, who may be Irish but is definitely neither paunchy nor wrinkle-faced. She is rather a trim, attrac- tive 35-year-old woman who as Chicago's commissioner of con- sumer sales has never been too upset at being called "the glamor girl" of Daley's admin- istration. But she cultivates the nsame primary quality as even the most weaiher beaten members of the organization: loyalty to the mayor. Sitting in her City Hall of- fice, which is decorated by one photograph of her teen age daughter Kathy, one of John F. Kennedy and two of Daley, she says-. "The mayor can be a very warm man and when he has to be he can be very stern. I think of him much as I do my own father." LOYALTY In return for chair back from his desk and bent down. I thought he was tying his shoelaces hut when he straightened up again there were tears running down face. "A. little later when he said I would have to start off in the Democratic organization in Chicago by ringing doorbells in the precincts I said 'all right.' I've never regretted it." SERVED By 1965, Mrs. Byrne had serv- ed her political apprenticeship (she also was a fulltima teach- er) and she became manager of personnel for the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportun- her loyalty, Mrs. Byrne has received the mayor's praise. runs the best department in any city in this he said recent- ly.) And she has been thrust into national politics, beginning last August when she was elect- ed to the Democratic National Committee. A former tiebuumte, she got Into politics in the first place by chance. Her husband, a Mar- ina pilot, was killed in a plane crash in 1960 and, partly be- cause she wanted something to do and partly because one of his speeches caught her fancy, the joined the campaign staff of Sen. John Kennedy. Not long afterward she had her first meeting with Daley. "The first thing he asked she recalled recently, "was why I had gone to work for the Kennedy organization directly instead of working for him. 'Why didn't you come to he said. "I was a little shocked. 1 told him that I was no big political whiz; that people hadn't exactly been begging me to come work for them. Then he said, 'But we take care of .our people.' "I was getting impatient and I told him that alter Kennedy won, I had offers of jobs hi Washington and I could show him letters if he wanted but that I wanted to stay in ity. Then in 1968 Daley nominat- ed her as consumer sales com- missioner, in charge of inves- tigating unfair and illegal trade practices. She insists that since that time Daley has never pressured her to favor his poli- tical friends and has only talk- ed to her about a pending case once, when a supermarket boycott in a black neighbor- hood threatened to turn into a riot. Her new job with the Na- tional Committee Is not going to make her a household word (At least it didn't do that for ter predecessor, Rozefle Boyd. But the resolutions committe' docs have a real tering the policy suggestions that are submitted to the Com- mittee. And Mrs. Byrne Is also a member of the future defe- gate selection commission, which is reworking the conven- tion seating policy that caus- ed so much trouble for Daley it; 1972. ELEVATOR Mrs. Byrne remembers rid- ing in an elevator at last year's convention while she was wear- ing her "Illinois delegation" button. a fellow passeng- er sneered, "you're one of Daley's." "They talked about broaden- ing the she says. "But broadening doesn't mean Isolat- ing the people who can help you. The McGovern people shouH not have taken the elect- ed leaders of this country and insulted them because by do- ing that they Insulted those leaders' constituents. "H you don't have loyaHy, you don't have a part." With Daley and many other political warhorses exordsed from the ranks, the McGovern campaign "just became a white hat image that showed lack of practical and astute politi- she says. "And I can tell you I thing else: If Mayor Daley had anything to say about it, wheth- er or not Tom Eagteton had been picked as the vice-presi- dential candidate, once he was on the ticket he would have stayed. Once the mayor sup- ports someone, he is loyal to them. He won't throw them to the wolves." There may be those who would argue that point. GODFATHER But Mrs. Byrne sees only the benevolent political godfather as she prepares to help the 71- year-old Daley show those na- tional politicians that he has a few final hurrahs left in him. "I'm not going to be any- body's Mrs. Byrne "but I'd be foolish not to ask for the mayor's advice. People can talk about me being a proxy if they want. I'm proud to he associated with him." (Newspaper Enterprise Am.) SIMPSONS bears Enjoy big-set color in atTsoud state TV you can move from room to room. Easily Get brilliant picture power and great sound. In seconds. 3 days only at a timely saving. 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