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Democratic candidates for office at the local, state, and even national levels sought Daley’s endorsement.
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Everybody wanted him at their political functions. Just to have the mayor there was a success story.
Ed Kelly, Chicago Park District Superintendent 1973-1986, interview excerpt, December 11, 2003
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Most of the presidential candidates that were running at that time all stopped by to visit him. They’d be sitting there and you could see they were nervous. And these were very important people—senators, congressmen, and people who had been in Washington for a long time, and were very influential. I told my husband it reminded me of that scene in The Godfather where they were all waiting to go in and ask a favor of the godfather on the day of his daughter’s wedding.
Roseanne Bonoma, Richard J. Daley’s Secretary, interview excerpt, October 3, 2014
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Chicago parade in honor of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy in 1960. Click on image to play video.
Video: Excerpt from “Kennedy’s Parade” RJD_04_02_0000_0000_214
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We were walked into the White House the day after the inauguration [of President John F. Kennedy]….The first thing he [Kennedy] said was, “I would not be here if it wasn’t for your dad. I would not be the president.”
John Daley, son of Richard J. Daley, interview excerpt, May 9, 2007
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Jimmy Carter tells how Daley helped him win the the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1976. Click on image to play video.
Video: Jimmy Carter, President of United States 1977-1981, interview excerpt, October 17, 2014