Interview with Joseph Gardner

You mentioned on the phone that there was sometimes some competition as to where Harold was going to speak in the different neighborhoods. One of them got upset--


Well, a lot of the tension got played out over the schedule, ah, when I was on the ah, the, ah, staff of the campaign in the general election, ah, we would often times get complaints from, ah, our leaders and supporters in the Hispanic community that, you know, Harold has got to spend more time in the Hispanic community. He's not spending enough time with Hispanics. They're not hearing his message. Ah, the same thing on the Lake Front. You know if Harold Washington wants to get, ah, votes of progressive Whites on the Lake Front, he's got to come up here. He's got to go to the coffee klatches and he's got to spend some time. The Black community, people were saying, Well, Harold is spending too much time in the Hispanic community and the White community, he's got to come home some time. And while some people may have saw that as a liability. I, I saw it as an asset because it meant that we had a cross section of people who represented a microcosm of the city of Chicago who were actively working for their candidate and they were trying their best to insure victory by making sure their candidate spent as much time within their respective communities as possible.