Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

OK, I want you to just tell me one other element of this, and that was that he ran on the Republican, no, did he run on the Republican ticket?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Yes, he ran on the Republican—

INTERVIEWER:

OK, he ran on the Republican ticket and when he lost, he still felt he had to go against Merriam.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Right.

INTERVIEWER:

And then created his own party.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Dad ran, cross-filed, and ran also—

INTERVIEWER:

Don't say cross-filed, it's very complicated.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Confusing, OK. My father ran as a Republican, too, he ran in the Commonwealth, and he ran as a Republican. He finished fourth, but he got 85,000 votes when running against Merriam. He knew, that even if he lost to Merriam, that he would still get another crack at him in November.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, can we stop for a minute?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Mmm..

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INTERVIEWER:

—your answer before. OK.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My father was so convinced that he was the solution the problem, that he was the answer, that he knew California, that he knew the politics, that he knew the way to get things done, that he wanted somehow to get in the finals. He knew enough about politics to know that his chances of beating Merriam in the primary, as a Republican, when he would file Republican, was a real long-shot. So, he created his own party, the Commonwealth Party, which meant that his thousand friends would vote for him, he'd get the election of the Commonwealth Party, which would put him in November and give him another chance to defeat Merriam, and give him a chance to do what he really thought would save the state.

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