Interview with Raymond Haight
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My father came up with the idea, the plan of the third party. He called the party the "Commonwealth Party". Because California had cross-filing, a candidate could run for any party, and all he had to do was file. Dad knew that if he created his own party, and he put all his friends there, that he could get in the run-offs in November. So he got together a thousand of his friends, and the last month before you filed, they all signed up in the party, and he was, of course, elected easily, that thousand votes, all of which went to Dad, for the Commonwealth Party. And that put him in the race, in November, against Merriam and Sinclair.