Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

So, tell me the story about him announcing his candidacy.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

OK. When Dad announced his candidacy it upset [coughs] the Republican Party.

INTERVIEWER:

Wait, start again, you—

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Right. When Dad announced his candidacy, it upset the Republicans. They felt that Sinclair was the greatest menace that, not only the state, but the nation, had ever faced. He had won the Democratic nomination, he was a Communist, and they felt that Dad, having threatened, even at the convention, to take a large percentage of the Republican votes, that he would pull votes away from Merriam, and Sinclair would win the nomination. As a result, as the campaign went along, they, the Republicans, sent different friends of Dad's, or different influential personalities, they offered him money. They offered him whatever post he wanted if Merriam got elected. They had threats. One day I was riding my bicycle home from John Burroughs junior high school, and I ran into a door, a car door, when it opened, and a man came up suddenly and picked me up and helped me, and when I got up back on my bike and kept going, I noticed this man was following me at about five or tenmiles an hour, and I got home, I said, "Dad, what's going on, there was a man following me," and Dad said, "You have been threatened. I have been told that they're going to kidnap one of you, and so I have a detective following each one of you." So even as a 13 year old which is all I can remember, I was aware of the attempts to get Dad to withdraw from the race by the Republicans.