Election 1944: No PAC coercion, Hillman repeats (10-20-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (October 20, 1944)


No PAC coercion, Hillman repeats

New York –
Sidney Hillman, chairman of the CIO Political Action Committee, said today that Governor John Bricker’s charges that PAC used “threats and intimidations” to force a labor vote for President Roosevelt were “the charges of a candidate gone wild with fear at the sight of the grim specter of defeat.”

Mr. Hillman said:

If he can’t win the votes of labor, he’s going to scare them into voting for him. Governor Bricker knows that he has no evidence to prove this charge that workers will lose their jobs unless they vote for Mr. Roosevelt – or any of the other wild charges he has been making against PAC in this campaign. No one has ever been able to find a single specific instance to prove PAC coercion.