A Second Term
Landon had been an exceptionally good governor during his first term. He had lowered the tax burden, reorganized the state government, fought successfully for farm and unemployment relief, started a water conservation program, reformed the finances of local governments, forced utility rates down, overcome the Finney scandal, met oil crises, and--because many of these could not have been done without federal assistance--proved to be a top-notch cooperator with the New Deal. Because of his record, he looked forward to a second term.
In March, Landon's forces began warming up for the 1934 campaign. Willard Mayberry, the governor's secretary, and Fred Seaton, president of the Kansas Young Republicans, spent two weeks organizing Young Republican clubs in western Kansas. By late March, Landon revealed the basis of his campaign: he was going to campaign on a record of accomplishment, a record that downplayed partisanship.
At the top of the list of achievements was his administration's cooperation with the federal government.1 Landon elaborated upon this in a speech at Fort Scott, in which he told the Young Republican district convention: "It should be a source of great satisfaction and pride to the citizens of Kansas that our legislature did not indulge in blind and bitter partisan squabbles but worked for the best interests of the state." Tying Democrats in with his administration's actions, he____________________