Interview with Charles Butts

After the primary, why was Taft such a formidable candidate? Why was he a difficult candidate for the Stokes campaign?


Well, it didn't seem like it should have been. I mean, ah, it was a democratic town. Ah, had a democratic ah, nominee who had, after the primary, a unity rally that ah, really for the first time brought in substantial labor and ah, and, and really crossed the board, democratic political people who supported ah, Carl Stokes, including U.S. senator Stephen Young. So you wouldn't think that a republican candidate would make any more than a nominal run. Ah, of course the reason that he was able to was because it was still a, a town that had much racial feeling in it. And so a White candidate, irrespective of party, was running against a Black candidate. And it ended up being a very close election.