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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-05 01:53 PM
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Edited on Wed Jun-29-05 02:00 PM by onager
Virtual dictator AND one of the best politicians.

Back in the 80's, Ken Burns did an outstanding documentary on Long. He interviewed a lot of people who remembered "The Kingfish."

The split on him was interesting. Poor people who remembered Long talked about him with great reverence. One old black guy, from back in the swamps, said he was the ONLY Louisiana governor who ever tried to help black and poor folks.

OTOH, Mrs. Hodding Carter, representing the rich, remembered that every ritzy dinner party at the time ended with the question: "When is somebody going to shoot that SOB?"

A former state legislator who worked under Long noted: "Huey used to brag that he built a million dollars worth of roads in Louisiana. And that is true. Problem was, they ended up costing 3 million dollars to build."

edit: my favorite Long story, because it's SUCH a contrast to the mealy-mouthed, poll-sampling politicians of today:

Some reporters once asked Long what he thought about the Grand Dragon of the Texas KKK coming to Louisiana on a recruiting drive.

"You write this down. Tell that Ku Klux son-of-a-bitch if he sets one foot in Louisiana, I will have him arrested. And when I call him a son-of-a-bitch, I refer not to the circumstances of his birth, but to his character."

(That's from memory, but pretty close.)
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