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EDWARD GURNEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/07/1974 - HFSID 273566

EDWARD J. GURNEY Beset by scandal, the Senator explains why he will not seek re-election. Typed Letter signed: "Ed Gurney", as U.S. Senator, 2p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1974 August 7. On official letterhead to Danny Franklin, Phoenix, Arizona.

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EDWARD J. GURNEY
Beset by scandal, the Senator explains why he will not seek re-election.
Typed Letter signed: "Ed Gurney", as U.S. Senator, 2p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1974 August 7. On official letterhead to Danny Franklin, Phoenix, Arizona. In full: "There is no way for me to express my deep gratitude for your warm and heartfelt letter of support, and your generous consideration. Your faith and belief in me after this full year of media onslaught moves me deeply. More than anything else I wish I could tell you that I will seek reelection. In the twelve years I have been here in Congress, six in the Senate, I have faithfully carried out my campaign promises and lived up to my principles. I am the same man in what I stand for that the people of Florida elected overwhelmingly in 1968. However, I cannot run for reelection. I make this decision only after assessing the situation as thoroughly as I can, and getting political input from many sources. It is true that I have good loyal supporters still for me, probably quite a percentage. But there is very little financial support and a major race in Florida costs many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover in this troubled era of Watergate, there is an atmosphere that I can best describe as akin to a Salem witch hunt, a Spanish inquisition, as far as people in public office are concerned who are under a cloud as I am. The media has already indicted, tried and convicted me and too many people have been taken in. My number one priority is to prepare for and get this trial behind me. It would be the height of folly to try to do this and run for reelection. I would end up doing a poor job at both. My legal expenses will be a minimum of $100,000, probably a good deal more, for I expect the government lawyers will drag it out as long as possible. There are personal family considerations too. My wife has been hospitalized for three years with an incurable illness and my Mother and maiden aunt had to be placed in nursing homes a few weeks ago. These matters need attention and time. I do want to assure you that I am not doing a cop out. I am a fighter, always have been, that's how I got to first the House and then the Senate with odds greatly against me. But there are times that one has to be a realist and look at the hard, cold facts, and they tell me that trying for reelection would be most unwise. Once more, thank you, thank you, for your wonderful letter, and your thoughtful consideration. At a time like this for me it renews one's faith in people. Sincerely yours". Fine condition. Accompanied by matching mailing envelope with Gurney's stamped frank. Slightly soiled. Unevenly toned. Edward Gurney (1914-1996), who had reached the rank of Lt. Colonel in action in the European theater of World War II, represented Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives (1963-1969) and Senate (1969-1974). Young George W. Bush worked on his victorious Senate campaign. Gurney served on the Senate Select Committee (1973) investigating the Watergate scandal, which drove President Nixon from office. In this role he strongly supported the President, but was soon distracted by his own legal difficulties. Gurney faced two trials in 1975-1976 on charges of bribery, perjury and conspiracy related to illegal campaign contributions. He was acquitted on six charges, with the jury deadlocked on two more. In 1978, he sought re-election to the House of Represenatives, but was defeated by future Senator Bill Nelson. Two items.

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