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Fairmont Times
April 15, 1960

Humphrey and Kennedy Men Work In City

Barron Backers Elated as McDowell and Pauley Endorse Candidate

Campaign aides of both Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota labored here yesterday to complete their Marion County organizations and prepare for personal visits of the two Democratic presidential aspirants on successive Mondays.

Meanwhile, local supporters of Atty. Gen. William Wallace Barron for the Democratic nomination for governor cheered the news that House Speaker Harry R. Pauley, who recently withdrew from the race, has thrown his support to Barron. The McDowell County Democratic Executive Committee, which previously had endorsed Pauley, gave Barron its backing at a meeting Wednesday night, it was announced yesterday.

Attorney Gene Foley of Wabasha, Minn., who is on leave of absence as legal counsel for the Senate Small Business Committee, was here yesterday in the interests of the Humphrey campaign. He will establish headquarters in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Clarksburg, and remain as executive secretary of the Humphrey drive until after the May 10 returns are counted.

Foley is a graduate of St. Thomas College in St. Paul and the University of Vienna, he taught the philosophy of law at St. Mary's College in Winona, Minn., and practiced in his home town, where his father also is an attorney. Long active in public affairs, he has been associated for some time with Humphrey in connection with his Senate committee duties.

During the Wisconsin primary campaign, Foley served on Humphrey's staff. He said he expected the primary contest here to be equally as grueling.

Humphrey will come here Monday, April 25, to address a fund-raising dinner of the Marion County Democratic Executive Committee. His appearance was arranged through the Democratic National Committee before the Minnesota senator entered the presidential race.

Meanwhile, Attorney John H. Treanor Jr. of Boston, a member of Sen. Kennedy's staff, returned to Fairmont yesterday morning and spent most of the day on details in connection with the Massachusetts senator's visit here next Monday.

Five automobiles and a station wagon will be required to bring the Kennedy par[t]y here from Clarksburg, where he will appear Monday at a coffee between 9 and 10 a.m. in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. A number of news media representatives from Washington and New York are accompanying Kennedy and will come here with him.

The McDowell County committee's action had been anticipated by Barron backers since Pauley withdrew, but they were elated over the formal announcement that both the erstwhile candidate and the powerful Democratic organization in his home county were supporting the attorney general.

In announcing his support of Barron after the committee had acted, Pauley repeated that he had "made no deals with anyone" when he withdrew from the race. He said at the time that he had failed to muster sufficient backing to justify continuing in the contest.

Pauley indirectly criticized Hulett C. Smith, one of Barron's two remaining opponents, for not resigning as state Democratic chairman before entering the gubernatorial reace [sic].

"The party is generally led by its chairman but with the chairman busy campaigning for himself, a lot of loose ends have been left untied," he said.

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