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Massachusetts Election / Convict Candidate #244287

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 1976
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(Studio) Report on Massachusetts race.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Concord, Massachusetts) Carl Velleca runs for post on town council He's a convict and lives in Massachusetts prison, serving sentence for robbery. He's manager of prison gift shop. Convicts have right to vote here and 2 other states. 301 inmates registered to vote. [VELLECA - says shock good for soul. Apathy no longer in Concord.] Citizens have mixed reactions. [MAN - says convicts didn't live up to re- responsibilities as good citizens.] [WOMAN - says don't need more criminals in government] [VELLECA - says there are 9000 registered Concord voters. 301 votes can't change philosophy of a town.] Speaks to group; says his candidacy threatens no 1. Velleca eligible for certain amount of furlough time; shown campaigning. Velleca says voters will always know where to find him if elected.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill

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