Monday, July 6, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 34: Simpler Campaigns

Campaign Buttons, 1960

"Relationships that I developed early in business and politics seemed to continue and multiply over time. I loved the people who rallied to my side early, and I had absolute confidence in them. We came to know, trust, and rely on each other. All of those in my campaign circle did well later in life. Watching them flourish through the years has been a source of much satisfaction."

"In those days, mounting a statewide campaign meant recruiting good people for the main tasks—finance, publicity, volunteer coordination—and then turning them loose to do what was needed. There were no high-priced consultants, no pollsters, and no political action committees or national party bosses telling us what to do. Campaigns were simpler then, and more fun."

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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