JOHN VARICK TUNNEY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 34825
Sale Price $126.00
JOHN V. TUNNEY
Shown in pinstripe suit and print tie, signing in blue ink
Photograph signed: "John Tunney". B/w, 8x10. John V. Tunney (b. 1934), the son of former world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, was future Senator and Presidential brother Edward "Ted" Kennedy's roommate at University of Virginia Law School, and the two became lifelong friends. Tunney, a Democrat, represented California for six years each in the US House of Representatives (1965-1971) and Senate (1971-1977), winning the Senate seat over incumbent Republican George Murphy despite Ronald Reagan's landslide re-election as Governor. Robert Redford's 1982 film The Candidate was reportedly inspired by Tunney's 1977 Senate race. Both his Senate primaries were closely and bitterly contested, and Tunney narrowly lost his bid for a second term. Tunney's involvement in politics after leaving office was minimal, but he did carry "back channel" messages to Moscow from Ted Kennedy in 1980 and again in 1983. Minor rust stain at center left edge. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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