After months of resisting pressure to run for Governor of New York

After months of resisting pressure to run for Governor of New York

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After months of resisting pressure to run for Governor of New York, FDR decided that it  was time to move beyond mere political mediation. Al Smith personally asked him to run  in order to offset the negative effects that Smith's Catholicism would have on the  presidential race in New York. Roosevelt campaigned for Governor even more  energetically than he had in the past, to prove to himself and to all the voters and fellow  politicians that his illness had not taken anything away from him. Smith lost his home  state to Herbert Hoover in the presidential election, but Roosevelt won his gubernatorial  race by a narrow margin. FDR, realizing that the next step from the Governor's seat was the Presidency, chose  his political aides wisely, with an eye to mollifying all his possible opponents. He kept  many appointees on his staff that Al Smith had made while he was Governor, and 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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