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Former Boston Mayor Kevin White passed away tonight at the age of 82. He had been afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease for more than a decade.
White had Boston’s top job for sixteen years. First elected in 1967, White won wide praise the following year when he convinced James Brown to broadcast his concert at Boston Garden on WGBH following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Indeed, White actually introduced Brown onto the stage. As a result, Boston was largely spared of the riots which befell other American cities.
In 1970, White unsuccessfully ran for Governor against liberal Republican Frank Sargent but was re-elected to a second term as mayor the following year. George McGovern briefly named White to be his running mate in 1972 until Ted Kennedy raised objections. White was replaced with Thomas Eagleton who was in turn replaced by Sargent Shriver. In 1980, White would get even with Kennedy by refusing to endorse his challenge of President Carter for the Democratic Party nomination.
Although White was elected to two more terms, he became unpopular over busing and school desegregation and several members of his administration were indicted for misappropriating funds by U.S. Attorney (and later liberal Republican Governor) William Weld although White himself was not indicted. These days, White is probably best remembered for the development of the Fanueil Hall Marketplace where a statue of him is situated.
Here’s an interesting profile of White published in of all places People in September 1980 which focused on his warm words for John Anderson despite his nominal support for Carter as well as his own presidential ambitions.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online