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. 2