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Campaign `72 / Democratic Party Reform #223348

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 01, 1972
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(Studio) Outgrowth of tumultuous Democratic Convention of 1968 was party reform, giving rank and file more representative and greater voice in procedure. Seating of block of Illinois delegates, with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, challenged by reform mvt.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) Hearing officer is Cecil Poole, appointed by Democratic National Committee 10 insurgents attempt to unseat more than 50 delegates, include Daley. [Chicago Alderman Thomas KEANE - accuses Poole of running kangaroo court] Challenge claims Daley hand-picked candidates for delegate slots, campaigned for them, shut out opposition, with resulting underrep. of women, blacks, Spanish, and youth. [Reverend Jesse JACKSON - knows no specific details on alleged violations.] [Witness Janet STESSL - describes being given sample ballot with only names of favored candidates. She objected to violation of McGovern Commission guidelines, lack of representative for women on ballot.] [Democrat committee man, Lynn WILLIAMS - brings charge of slate-making against Cook County organization, especially its chairperson, Mayor Daley.]
REPORTER: Morton Dean

Dean, Morton;
Mudd, Roger

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