[John Silber and the Massachusetts State Democratic Party]
Original Airdate: 5/24/1990
Item Type: newstape - edited story master
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Description : Abstract
Christy George reports on a controversy within the Massachusetts State Democratic Party. She notes that John Silber (Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts) compared the party's "15-percent rule" to the rules used by white supremacists to keep African Americans from voting in the South. George adds that party delegates reacted strongly to Silber's comments. George's report features members of the Democratic State Committee at a press conference. Democratic State Committee members Margaret Xifaris, James Roosevelt, Raymond Jordan, Virginia Lee, and Alex Rodriguez defend the committee and speak out against Silber's comments. George reports that the rule in question requires a candidate to have the support of 15% of the delegates in order to be listed on the ballot for the primary election. George notes that Silber has the support of only 8% of the delegates. George's report includes footage of Silber and Evelyn Murphy (Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts) appearing on WBZ-TV. Silber insists that he did not call the state party racist. Murphy condemns Silber's comments. George reports that Chester Atkins (Chairman, Massachusetts Democratic Party) and Ron Brown (Chairman, National Democratic Party) issued a statement in which they called Silber's comment "outrageous." George speculates that Silber's comment may alienate delegates but may also result in an increase in voter support.
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African Americans - Politics and government
Electioneering (Political campaigns)
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Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Democratic National Party
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News - Television
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