December 11, 1958(Image of this letter)
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
211 East 62nd Street
New York, New York
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt:
I note from the press that on last Sunday afternoon, December 7, on the ABC television program College News Conference,1 you stated, among other things, that Senator Kennedy's "father has been spending oodles of money all over the country and probably has a paid representative in every state by now."
Because I know of your long fight against the injudicious use of false statements, rumors or innuendo as a means of injuring the reputation of an individual,2 I am certain that you are the victim of misinformation; and I am equally certain that you would want to ask your informant3 if he would be willing to name me one such representative or one such example of any spending by my father around the country on my behalf.
I await your answer, and that of your source, with great interest. Whatever other differences we may have had,4 I'm certain that we both regret this kind of political practice.
bcc: Mr. Philip L. Graham
Washington Post and Times Herald
1515 L Street, N. W.
Washington, D. C.
Index to this Document: 1960 presidential campaign; American Broadcasting Company (ABC); Americans for Democratic Action (ADA); Campaign finance; Carey, James B.; College News Conference: definition of; ER's appearance on; Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO); Douglas, Helen Gahagan; Durr, Clifford ; Durr, Virginia F.; Graham, Philip; Humphrey, Hubert H.; Kennedy, John F.: 1956 vice presidential aspirations of; 1960 campaign organization of; civil liberties and; JPK, defense of; McCarthy; ER's criticism of; ER's opinion of; ER, retraction demanded from; Kennedy, Joseph P.: campaign finance and; JFK defends; ER's criticism of; Kenyon, Dorothy; Lash, Joseph P. and Trude: ER on; Marshall, George C.; McCarthy, Joseph R.: censure of; Menon, V.K. Krishna; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Roosevelt, Eleanor: on campaign finance; civil liberties record of; journalistic practices of; JFK, opposition to; JFK, retraction demanded by; on JPK; press interviews of; Slander; Sources: anonymous; Southern Conference Education Fund (SCEF); Stassen, Harold E.; U.S. Government: House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); U.S. Senate; United Nations (UN); Washington Post; Washington Times-Herald; Williams, Aubrey
Recommended citation: Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and the Election of 1960: A Project of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, ed. by Allida Black, June Hopkins, John Sears, Christopher Alhambra, Mary Jo Binker, Christopher Brick, John S. Emrich, Eugenia Gusev, Kristen E. Gwinn, and Bryan D. Peery (Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 2003). Electronic version based on unpublished letters. .
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