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|Press Release of Senator John F. Kennedy on Sen. George Smathers as Assistant Democratic National Chairman|
|August 19, 1960|
Senator George Smathers of Florida has been named the Assistant Democratic National Chairman and campaign manager for the Democratic ticket in the Southern States, plus Texas and Oklahoma, it was announced today by Democratic Candidates John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Senators Kennedy and Johnson said Senator Smathers has agreed to take on this assignment and will work with National Chairman Senator Henry M. Jackson and with National Campaign Manager Robert F. Kennedy.
In making the announcement, Senators Kennedy and Johnson said:
We both are extremely pleased that our colleague, Senator Smathers, has agreed to take this very important role in the campaign. We have enjoyed a long-time, close personal friendship with Senator Smathers.In accepting the assignment, Senator Smathers said:
As an officeholder who has enjoyed and benefited by the support and allegiance of the Democratic Party, I feel it is my duty to accept this call to serve the party in this most important national election.Senator Smathers will have under his jurisdiction the campaigns in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.
|Citation: John F. Kennedy: "Press Release of Senator John F. Kennedy on Sen. George Smathers as Assistant Democratic National Chairman", August 19, 1960. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=74101.|
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