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ED SULLIVAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/03/1951 - HFSID 36105

ED SULLIVAN To Norman Thomas: recalling working for his Socialist newspaper, he comments on Thomas' "anti-smear position" in the recent election. TLS: "Ed Sullivan", 1p, 7¼x10½. Hotel Delmonico, New York City, 1951 January 3. To Mr. [Norman] Thomas.

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ED SULLIVAN
To Norman Thomas: recalling working for his Socialist newspaper, he comments on Thomas' "anti-smear position" in the recent election.
TLS: "Ed Sullivan", 1p, 7¼x10½. Hotel Delmonico, New York City, 1951 January 3. To Mr. [Norman] Thomas. In full: "Pardon me for not having answered your thoughtful letter of December 12 more promptly. After all, as your former Sports Editor, this is one deadline that should have been a must. I was very interested in the backstage view of the Curran setup, and I wholeheartedly agree that your anti-smear position is the correct one. Some day, at your convenience, I'd like very much to sit down with you. If you have time, could your secretary give me a ring at the Hotel Delmonico and arrange for us to have cocktails some afternoon." For a short time in 1924-1925, ED SULLIVAN (1901-1974) was the sportswriter of "The New York Leader", the official publication of the Socialist Party. NORMAN THOMAS, the newspaper's publisher, was the Socialist Party's presidential candidate in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948. Former Republican and Socialist VITO MARCANTONIO ran for reelection in 1950. He had represented East Harlem in Congress as an American Laborite since 1939. It was alleged that, in return for massive political support from the Lucchese crime family, Marcantonio provided, through his political position, protection for those involved in the business of crime. It was alleged that he worked closely with Thomas Lucchese, helping him and his friends operate with minimum interference from the police. Defeating Marcantonio in 1950 was of primary concern to THOMAS J. CURRAN, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 1944. He was now New York County (Manhattan) Republican Chairman. In 1950, Curran set up a political coalition to support Democrat JAMES G. DONOVAN for Congress. In the November 7, 1950, election, Donovan, running as a Democrat, Republican and Liberal, soundly defeated Marcantonio, 50,391 to 35,825. An editorial in "The New York Times" commented on the Marcantonio defeat: "He survived so long because of special services or favors to constituents, and in spite of his views rather than because of them." Thomas, of course, had supported his fellow Socialist for reelection. In the election, Thomas refrained from attacking the Curran deal or the smears against his candidate, adopting instead an anti-smear position. At the time of this letter, Sullivan was the popular host of the Sunday night variety show called Toast of the Town which ran on CBS for 23 years, from 1948-1971. It was renamed The Ed Sullivan Show in 1955. Folds, horizontal fold underlines signature. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left blank corner. Overall, fine condition.
 

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