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By Timothy J. Sullivan

Recounts the shift in the direction of conservatism in New York's Republican social gathering within the Sixties and Seventies.

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Consequently, Rockefeller increased the visibility of conservative Republicans during the campaign. He chose his chief antagonist within the state party, Walter Mahoney, as the keynote speaker at the GOP convention. The state GOP also sent out a letter, signed by Mahoney, to every person who signed the Conservative Party petition. Mahoney’s letter urged these voters not to splinter the Republican Party since it was the only means of achieving conservative goals. It concluded with the emotional exhortation, “So, come, your place is with me and our Governor.

23 Shortly after the 1962 election, the Conservative Party heralded its ability to influence national politics by denying the state’s electoral votes to any Republican presidential nominee it considered unacceptable. Dan Mahoney wanted the party to attempt to veto any unacceptable Republican nominee in 1964. 25 This claim of potential influence was at best unproven. 26 Throughout 1963, Conservatives assisted the Draft Goldwater Committee headed by former Cornell University professor F. Clifton White and based in midtown Manhattan.

Looking ahead to running for president in 1964, he also hoped to neutralize the charge that a portion of his own party would not support him. Consequently, Rockefeller increased the visibility of conservative Republicans during the campaign. He chose his chief antagonist within the state party, Walter Mahoney, as the keynote speaker at the GOP convention. The state GOP also sent out a letter, signed by Mahoney, to every person who signed the Conservative Party petition. Mahoney’s letter urged these voters not to splinter the Republican Party since it was the only means of achieving conservative goals.

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