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was back of you, because more powerful influences were at work in your
favor. The amateur sportsmen were with-you; and I knew how one volun
teer worker in politicswith -his heart in the fightwas worth ten hired
workers or machine, ward heelers.
I figured that the only chance the plain folks had of winning was by
beating the Deneen-West machine at the primaries and the Sullivan-Hop
kins machine at the polls. That meant YOU for the Republican nomina-i
tion as against Olsen, and you for mayor at the election as against
Both of you were regarded as liberals, and neither as a reformer--that
was right after the nominations. Then the loop interests jncluding
the loop press, with the exception of the Journal and Post lined up back
of Roger and Sweitzer. The News and Tribune couldn't deliver their
readers because the Pxotestant preachers and the strongly organized
Guardians of Liberty were back of you, with a thoroughly worked-jup anti
Catholic wave on and in your favor,
I had one talk witbryou a few weeks before election, and pointed out
certain tricks the Deneen-West crowd and the. Republican papers were
playing on you to help Sweitzer. You will remember it, because you .acted
"" and headed it off. , ,
Now I figured that with the loop press and the loop business, interests
fighting you and. supporting Sweitzer, you would be under no obligation
to them if elected and would be free to give the plain people ot Chicago
the kind of government they wanted. In the interest of these people and
without regard to party I supported you. So- did they. You had an
astonishing victory, as to the size of your majority.
But you began to slip shortly after you got on the job as mayor. You
made a great record in the street car strike, but you soon began tp alip.
You -turned your back on the people who( supported you and tried to please
interests that fought you. Among these were the State street stores.
Then you tried to please the preachers and reformers and soon had both
feet and hands in the sticky flypaper. Lake the unlucky fly, the moA you
tried to get out the worse you got in. You tried to please the reformers,
and it can't be done unless you blindly obey every order they give you.
And all the time you were letting you political pals use your power
and patronage as mayor to build up a political machine of jobholders and
beneficiaries of special privileges.
Here's-how that works almost invariably: When a mayor goes into
office with the confidence of the "people, and then treats the office as a
personal political asset, just as fast as he builds up an organization of
job-holders he loses the confidence of the great majority of citizens who
don't make their living out of politics. And you began dong the very-thing
that made it possible for you to lick Deneen, West and Olsen because they '
had done it 0
Roger Sullivan is doing the same thing. The stronger his Tammany
machine becomes in controlling party nominations, the harder 'it is going to
be to elect the Democrats he .nominates. When Roger is in position to
absolutely dictate Democratic nominations the people of Chicago win turn
on him and swat the Democratic party in Chicago and Cook codnty.
And if you and Lundin go on and build up a Republican office-holders
machine, the very people who elected you will turn on you and swat YOU
just like they swatted Deneen and West when they got too jstrong and