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BOB SWEITZER SAYS HE WILL NOT BE ROGER'
SULLIVAN'S PUPPET MAYOR
Robert Magnus Sweitzer, elected county clerk last November, and now
Democratic candidate for mayor, talked to a Day Book reporter about
some of the reaUssues of the campaign.
Mr. Sweitzer gave forty minutes to the Day Book man while about 50
people stood around waiting for the next chance to talk with the busy
candidate. On the north wall of the office hung a large photo-portrait of
Roger Sullivan, the only photograph or human portrait on display in the
office. The Day Book man pointed at the big photograph of Roger Sullivan
"I want to ask you about Sullivan. If you're not elected the next
mayor of Chicago it's because a lot of people are afraid that when they
vote for you they're voting to elect Sullivan mayor."
"That campaign bunk," said Sweitzer. "There's absolutely no foun
dation for the statement that I will be under the influence of Sullivan if
I'm elected mayor. Previous to"the time I was elected county clerk I never
met Sullivan but three times in my life. Now they're saying Sullivan is
"Sullivan is not my brother-in-law. The fact is that Mark Sullivan,
a brother of Roger, married a sister of my wife, Mrs. Sweitzer.- The
Examiner printed the statement a number of times that I was a brother-in-law
of Roger Sullivan, and now my opponents have taken it up.
"I will not be the puppet of Roger Sullivan or anyone else if I am
elected mayor.. Understand me, I'm not repudiating Sullivan. He is a
friend of mine and nobody can say I
ever went back on a friend.
"I would not be subject to control
by Roger Sullivan any more than I
would by any other representative
business man who understands the
needs of Chicago. I have had a busi
ness training and experience. I am
a business man myself. And on im
portant city problems I would call
into the mayor's office men who have
accomplished things for Chicago,
representative citizens who have at
heart the welfare of Chicago. I
would consult with these men and
from the joint opinion determine
what is the best constructive work
for the upbuilding of Chicago.
"I would call Roger Sullivan into
conference on large city problems
just as I would any other representa
tive big business man. Understand,
too, there are matters I would not
consult Sullivan about. I would not
consult him, for instance, on an en
ginering matter. For each problem
I would send for the best expert ob
tainable fitted to meet the problem."
The reporter broke in: "What sit
uation would you say offhand you
would confer with Roger Sullivan in
as the most competent man to advise
The candidate pressed his lips
tightly. The clock ticked about ten
or fifteen seconds. It was the only
interval of hesitation during the in
terview. He then said:
"Well, that would be hard to say.
The matters I have most frequently
seen him about have been matters
of political expediency. I consider
him a business man and a man of un
usual judgment and experience. I
have gone to him at times when mat
ters came up when all the connec
tions in a situation are not clear.
And he is able to tell me often just
where is the nigger in the woodpile,
just what is lurking underneath a
proposition and hasn't been clear.
"Sullivan didn't vote for me in the
conference where I was nominated.
He didn't vote for anyone. He was
appealed to for settlement of the
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