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When 32-year-old theoretical physicist Ron Unz decided to run for governor, even some friends tried to talk him out of it. "Politics is not the kind of thing you expect geniuses to go into," said Eric Reyburn, who attended Harvard University with Unz. Rivko Knox, Unz's aunt, worried that the race would be brutal. "I said: 'Can you take criticism? What if you speak and people laugh at you?' " David Horowitz, the conservative activist, was more blunt.
May 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Senate voted Tuesday to allow IRS, CIA and FBI agents to participate in political campaigns, rejecting Republican attempts to maintain the status quo established in the 51-year-old Hatch Act. On a 51-46 vote, the Senate rejected an amendment to exclude employees in the spy and tax agencies plus the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission from a Democratic bill that removes most current restrictions on political activities by civil service and postal workers.
May 1, 1991 | James S. Granelli /Times staff writer
During the four years before its sale in late 1988, American Savings & Loan was a shareholder-owned company under tight control by federal thrift regulators as it hemorrhaged more than $900 million in red ink. Yet, from its Irvine corporate headquarters, the nation's biggest thrift at the time still managed to contribute to the political campaigns of more than three dozen local and state legislators.
June 15, 1988 | Jerry Gillam
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco), the Rev. Jesse Jackson's national campaign chairman, insisted on Tuesday that his role has not been diminished by the presidential candidate's selection of attorney Ronald H. Brown of Washington as convention manager. Speaker Brown said he recommended that Jackson choose the other Brown, a "good, close friend," to coordinate convention housekeeping activities from July 18-21 in Atlanta.
June 24, 1988 | United Press International
Bush's campaign manager said he did not expect the vice president to jump ahead of Dukakis soon and contended his summer strategy was to avoid falling so far behind that the vice president would be out of the race by the fall. Lee Atwater, speaking at a strategy session for Southern Republican leaders in Charleston, S.C., said the Bush campaign welcomed Dukakis to campaign in the South, arguing that the more the Democrat campaigned in Dixie, the more it would help the vice president.
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