Election 1940: LaGuardia, Dewey Speak (10-17-40)

The Pittsburgh Press (October 17, 1940)

On Rival Stamps —

Famed Independents Here For Rallies Tonight

Two of New York’s most successful independents in politics, Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia and District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey, will appear on opposite sides of the campaign stump at political rallies tonight.

At 9 p.m., Mayor LaGuardia’s speech will be heard over KDKA. At 9:30 p.m., Mr. Dewey’s speech will be heard over KDKA and WWSW.

Co-featured with Mr. LaGuardia at a Democratic rally will be another veteran of the independent political wars, former Gov. Gifford Pinchot.

The New York Mayor will speak at the North Side Carnegie Hall in behalf of President Roosevelt’s candidacy for a third term. Mr. Pinchot, a Republican who only recently announced his support for the President, will be making his first stump speech of the campaign.

Mr. Dewey, a top flight performer in the nomination contest at the Republican convention in Philadelphia last June, will speak on behalf of Wendell L. Willkie at Hunt Armory East End. This is the first time the Hunt Armory has been put to such a use.

Mr. LaGuardia arrived by plane in mid-afternoon and was met at the airport by a reception committee headed by Mayor Scully, Judge M. A. Musmanno, Councilman Fred W. Weir, Mayor John P. Mullen of Clairton, and Mayor Elmer P. Maloy of Duquesne.

Mayor LaGuardia is opening his speaking schedule as a member of the independent committee supporting Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Dewey is opening what has been announced as an intensive campaign on behalf of the man who wrecked his presidential hopes at Philadelphia.

The youngish prosecutor, who narrowly missed being elected Governor of New York two years ago, is expected to center his fire on the political machines which are supporting the New Deal, such as Tammany in New York, the Hague machine in Jersey City and Mayor Edward J. Kelly’s machine in Chicago.

Mr. Pinchot, twice Governor of Pennsylvania, will be making his first campaign appearance in the State since before the 1938 primary when for the third time he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor, losing to Gov. Arthur H. James.

Aside from the personal appearances here of Mr. Willkie and President Roosevelt, tonight’s double-barreled affair is expected to top the October campaign here.