Interview with Joseph Gardner

Before we go into the general election I would just like to ask you to respond to the question of how did the campaign change before the primary to what it was like after the primary. Was there a change in tone or anything?


Well, there was a definite change of tone from the, ah, general election campaign, ah, moving from the, from the primary rather to the general election, ah, campaign. Ah, by winning the Democratic Primary, Harold Washington had substantially enhanced his believability among all Chicagoans as a viable candidate. Ah, up until the last weekend, maybe before the primary election, many people still did not believe that Harold Washington had a chance. Ah, once of course he won the primary, many of the Black as well as some of the White, ah, elected officials, ward committeemen and so forth, ah, came forth and endorsed Harold. So, all of a sudden, we had to move from what had been primarily a kind of a, a, single focus, grassroots movement, into a fairly sophisticated, fairly broad based, reaching out into all fifty wards, general election campaign. And the transition, you don't have a lot of transition time. It's like playing basketball in the NBA. You know, if you're slow off the rebound, you know, you get two points scored against you at the other end and so we had to move very quickly to expand our operation and get prepared for a general election fight. And that's when I came aboard as the, ah, Field Director, ah, and at the point of, ah, you know, beginning the general, general election campaign.