Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

So what happened in 1934? Why did he decide to run for governor? He's back to being a Republican by that point, right?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

That's right.

INTERVIEWER:

Can you explain to me?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

He, Dad, the reasons why Dad ran for office are very complicated, I don't know exactly, I don't have any real facts, but I have a lot of hints. Now, one thing was the Depression, and he seemed to feel like, after he'd read all these books, that he knew how to, how to go over, go after, this election. He ran because he was a Republican, and he tried to get the Republican nomination, and Frank Merriam, who had taken over the governorship when Rolph died, who was governor at the time, he couldn't get the Republican nomination, and he did not respect Frank Merriam. He referred to him in the 1934 campaign as a "Charlie McCarthy" kind of candidate. The radio in the 1930s had Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy was the dummy that sat on his lap, and Edgar Bergen would tell him what to say. That's how Dad saw Frank Merriam, and he saw Frank Merriam carrying out the same old things during a Depression, and the state needed a whole new approach.