Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann
QUESTION 90
INTERVIEWER:

OK THAT'S GREAT. NOW WHAT ABOUT GOVERNOR PATTERSON'S SEGREGATIONIST POSITION IN THIS CAMPAIGN AS GOVERNOR HE WAS VERY RACIALLY UH, MOTIVATED IN THE WAY HE CONDUCTED THAT CAMPAIGN. DID YOU THINK THAT HE COULD HAVE GIVEN MORE OF A LEAD IN THE SITUATION, UH HAD HE BEEN WILLING TO RISK POLTICALLY, MAYBE HIS POLITICAL CAREER. OR DO YOU THINK, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT WHOLE GOVERNOR PATTERSON'S POSITION?

Col. Floyd Mann:

Well, of course uh, I don't think anyone could speak for what uh, his position at that time because after all he was the Governor and he knew the commitments he'd made and, uh, also in his own mind he probably felt he had a better feel politically about what the people who had elected him, how they felt than anyone else. Uh, so far as uh what he could have done, uh, what position he could have taken, I don't think I should second guess him at this point.