politicians, even in Rockland, are already working for him. They'd
like to see him elected because he's the kind of representative who
passes the gravy. He said as much in his first Nyack speech.
If we elect Gus Bennet to represent us we shall not be sending an
errand boy to Washington to do the odd jobs of his political friends.
We shall be sending an honest man to apply his high intelligence and
human sympathy to the great problems of our time. Bennet's
outstanding characteristic is his honesty. He has refused over and over
again to evade responsibility or equivocate. Whatever he does in Washington will be honestly, intelligently and fearlessly done. We shall
not have to apologize for him.
But Mr. Fish? Well, he has been saying the Rockland opposition
to him comes from Communists and pinks. This he knows is a lie. I
myself am not a member of any political party, I vote Democratic or
Republican as I please, but I have lived in Rockland County since 1922, my children have grown up here, and my grandchildren are
beginning to grow up here. I don't want to suffer the shame, and I
don't want Rockland County to suffer the shame, of being represented
in Congress by Hamilton Fish.
Hamilton Fish, long a U.S. Congressman from New York, had taken the German
side during the years leading up to World War II. He had opposed Lend Lease, Selective
Service, and other preparations for war, and had made a much-publicized visit to Germany as guest of Hermann Goering and other high Nazi officials. In 1944 New
York's congressional districts were redrawn, and Fish's new district, the 29th, retained
Newburgh County and added Orange, Sullivan, and Anderson's home county, Rockland. In the August primary Fish defeated Augustus W. Bennet for nomination as
the Republican candidate. Then Bennet, a lawyer without previous congressional
experience, opposed Fish as an Independent in the November general elections. Anderson sent the present letter to several newspapers in the 29th district shortly before
election day, November 7.
In the general election Bennet defeated Fish for the congressional seat.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Dramatist in America:Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958.
Contributors: Laurence G. Avery - Editor, Maxwell Anderson - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1977.
Page number: 192.
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