November 7, 1990 |
Former Burlington Mayor Bernard Sanders became the first socialist in the U.S. House of Representatives in 40 years Tuesday by ousting Republican Rep. Peter Smith. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Sanders had 108,061 votes, 56%, to 75,604 votes, 39%, for Smith. The comparison between Sanders and the last House socialist, Vito Marcantonio, highlights a significant change in the left wing of American politics. Only three members of Congress in this century have carried the socialist banner.