My grandfather Maurice Bloch, Tammany Hall’s State Assembly leader, managed two statewide Democratic campaigns. In 1926, he managed Robert F. Wagner’s campaign for his first term as a U.S. senator. In 1928, he managed Franklin D. Roosevelt’s campaign for his first term as New York’s governor.
As that relates to the recent Southampton primary elections: I planted road signs, just as was done in the 1920s, for a friend. My boundaries were from Hills Station Road west to North and South Phillips avenues.
When I went to pick the placards up the day after the election, six had been picked up, at $10 each, or $60. All but two of the six were grabbed up west of Westhampton Beach.
Yet Southampton Democrats still haven’t picked up all of their campaign signs. Several are conspicuous.
And toward that end I say this: While searching for places to plant my candidate’s signs, not one that my grandfather had planted for Wagner or FDR was still standing.
Southampton Democrats should be able to do as well as our forebears.
One fine body…