"A FIGHT AGAINST THE INTERESTS"
The Lincoln-Roosevelt League would remain but a potentially dangerous irritant to the Southern Pacific machine unless it could place its own candidate in the governor's chair. With so much at stake, only a man of extraordinary merit and impeccable character could be chosen to carry the league's message to the citizens of California. A mistake at this time could bring an inglorious end to reform; for without an attractive and popular leader the movement could easily fall victim to apathy or to disruptive localism. Francis J. Heney was a first choice of many Lincoln- Roosevelt Leaguers. Had he not achieved national prominence during his conduct of the graft prosecution in San Francisco? Would not his oratorical ability serve him well in a political contest? No member of the league would deny that Heney possessed certain positive attributes; but had not his ruthless conduct of the graft prosecution re-