The Pittsburgh Press (October 25, 1944)
CIO President Philip Murray’s recent statement that his union’s Political Action Committee was his idea and not Sidney Hillman’s was tagged as “amusing” today by Republican County Chairman James F. Malone Jr.
Mr. Malone declared that Mr. Murray’s “belated effort to assume responsibility for the formation of the PAC” is evidence of the New Deal’s desire to rid itself of the damaging effects “Sidney Hillman and his Communistic followers are having on the fourth-term drive."
His statement reads:
Further evidence of the New Deal party’s desire to rid itself of the damaging effects that Sidney Hillman and his Communistic followers are having on the fourth-term drive is found in the statement of Philip Murray, president of the CIO.
Murray’s belated effort to assume responsibility for the formation of Hillman’s Political Action Committee is amusing in the face of a speech he made in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 10, with Hillman on the platform, in which he said:
Brother Hillman has undertaken the performance of a great task in organizing the thinking people throughout the United States of America and through the medium of his CIO Political Action Committee disseminating information of a nature designed to give to the people of the United States the facts concerning the major issues in the year 1944.
Vote for Dewey urged
Mr. Murray undoubtedly realizes that Hillman and his Communists are boring from within the CIO.
He further realizes that as this continues, Hillman and his fellow drivers will gain control of this labor organization. The reelection of President Roosevelt will make this certain. The only way the rank-and-file members of this great labor union can get rid of Hillman is by voting for Thomas E. Dewey and John W. Bricker.