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Wheeling Intelligencer
April 26, 1960

Humphrey to Open Area Drive Today

St. Paul Mayor Arrives in Advance; Mrs. Humphrey Is Due Here Tonight

By James Brennan

The political bandwagon of Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey moved into action here last night and is expected to get under full swing tonight when Mrs. Muriel Humphrey arrives in Wheeling. Mayor Joseph E. Dillon of St. Paul Minn., a long-time friend and supporter of Humphrey came into Wheeling last night and is ready to hit the campaign trial [sic] this morning.

Humphrey, of Minnesota, is scheduled to be in Wheeling on May 5 for his personal tour of the Ohio Valley communities in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Dillon, the 39-year-old mayor of St. Paul, who is serving his third term in that office, categorically denied that Humphrey would “support a movement” to stop Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Kennedy forces have recently complained that “since Humphrey can’t win” the Minnesota senator is willing to take support from sources attempting to halt Kennedy’s presidential hopes.

Dillon said “He (Humphrey) wouldn’t be for a stop-Kennedy movement and he would not supoort such a movement. He is a positive personality and not negative.”

Mrs. Humphrey, who has taken an active part in her husband’s campaign in west Virginia, is due to arrive at the Wheeling-Ohio County airport at 6:10 p.m. today from Washington.

She will hold a press conference at 7:30 at the Windsor Hotel and is scheduled to attend a Democratic function an hour later.

Wednesday will be a busy day for Mrs. Humphrey and Mayor Dillon as both plan to visit communities in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio Counties in behalf of Humphrey.

Mayor Dillon’s schedule today calls for him to visit Wellsburg and Follansbee in the morning; New Cumberland and Weirton in the afternoon, and Wheeling this evening.

Mayor Dillon is expected to be visiting Wheeling city-county offices Thursday morning when he will pay a visit to Mayor John J. Gast.

Mrs. Humphrey and Mayor Dillon will be in Wellsburg at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Eagles Hall; in New Cumberland at noon; at the Weirton Community Center from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the American Legion in Moundsville at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Humphrey is scheduled to leave Wheeling Thursday morning to join her husband in Charleston.

In his interview last night, Mayor Dillon said that the religious question, which has come to prominence in West Virginia is being “generated by the national periodicals.”

The youthful mayor also commented that West Virginia is a “good testing” ground for the political theories of both candidates because it is considered a border state.”


Ted Kennedy Asserts Race Is Vital Here

The results of the primary in West Virginia will play a major role in the Democratic presidential hopes of Sen. John F. Kennedy of Masshachusetts [sic], his brother said last night in Moundsville.

Edward “Ted” Kennedy who is touring the Northern Panhandle for his brother said that “if Jack is successful here in West Virginia he will be the next president of the United States.”

“There is no question that what is going to happen at the national convention is dependent of what happens here in West Virginia,” the younger Kennedy remarked.

He spoke at a gathering of Marshall County voters last night in the county circuit court room in Moundsville, completing a day of barnstorming that began a[t] 6 a.m. yesterday.

“He is the only one who can defeat Nixon” the 28-year-old brother of Sen. Kennedy declared at the meeting.

The meeting was called to set up a working organization in Marshall County, which is headed by Mayor Victor Majzer of McMechen. Kennedy named Mrs. Mary Patrello as chairman of the telephone committee. This committee is expected to call every Democrat in the county to solicit support in the May 10 primary for Sen. Kennedy.

“What we are deciding during the next two weeks is who the Democratic nominee is to be,” “Ted” Kennedy commented, as he outlined three steps necessary for success. The steps he said are: a candidate, issues and people willing to do the work.

During his remarks, “Ted” Kennedy urged those present to work toward the senator’s nomination. He said, “We have felt the real strength of Jack is here in these counties, these towns.”

His talk followed a tour of the Louis Marx Toy Co. in Glen Dale, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. roundhouse in Benwood, stops along Wheeling Ave. in Glen Dale, a visit to the Triangle Conduit and cable Co. and the Solvay Process Division of the Allied Chemical Corp.


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