NORMAN MAILER, THE AMERICAN WRITER, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL RUN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK IF HE CAN RAISE ENOUGH SUPPORT AMONG THE YOUNG.
GV New York.
SV Mailer and associate talking to reporter
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 2): MAILER: "Look, it's not funny running for mayor of New York. Particularly cause we're going to go out there, and we're going to say that Wagner is a stumblebum, that he's a dull, empty bureaucrat. He's a man who's incapable of handling this town. And Wagner has powerful forces back of him - very powerful forces - the forces that are keeping this city in its smog and in its glut. So I'm not doing this for fun. This isn't going to be fun. But I'm going to do it."
REPORTER: "And Lindsay. What are you going to say about him?"
MAILER: "Lindsay I think is a big tall decent honourable man who tried to do his best, and he worked hard and he's got a cer... a good deal of guts but I think he's absolutely lacking in imagination. And he doesn't understand this city the way we do "cause he didn't grow up on its streets."
ASSOCIATE: "No he came into the city like a commuter. In the final analysis that was his problem I would say."
MAILER: "The...the...the question is not are we serious. The question is are they serious. Do they really think, do those bums out there who are running in that Democratic primary with the exception of Herman Badillio who I consider an honourable man. But do those others really think that they can do anything with this city except bring in the marines, if they win? The reason we're running, probably, the only possible explanation I can think of is that we have to be afraid of the Lord's wrath if we don't run. What other explanation can there be?"
REPORTER: "Then you are running. There's no doubt about it?"
MAILER: "Well we're running unless as I say no support there I mean if the people don't respond to this, if there's just apa... if apathy greets us then we will have to cash in at a certain point because I would not use up the enthusiasm of those people who've been with us. If we don't think there's a real chance of winning, we'll have to face the fact that we might otherwise be using up the potential of other people. But I think we're going to get it. I think we're going to find it and I think we're going to go all the way. I'll be no more incompetent than any other of the mayors that have come along since the Tweed gang. With the possible exception of Fiorelle La Guardia."
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Background: NORMAN MAILER, THE AMERICAN WRITER, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL RUN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK IF HE CAN RAISE ENOUGH SUPPORT AMONG THE YOUNG.
MR MAILER ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION ON THURSDAY (17 APRIL). HE SAID THAT IF HE COULD GATHER ENOUGH SUPPORT IN A TEN-DAY UNIVERSITIES TOUR HE IS MAKING, HE WILL RUN FOR NOMINATION IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR THE POST IN JUNE.
NEW YORK'S PRESENT MAYOR, REPUBLICAN JOHN LINDSAY, IS HIMSELF RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION. HE IS BEING BACKED BY THE LIBERAL PARTY WHICH HELPED HIM INTO CITY HALL IN 1965.
HE MAY FIND THE PRIMARY FOR HIS OWN REPUBLICAN PARTY, WITH TWO RIGHT-WING OPPONENTS, MORE TAXING.
MR MAILER, FORTY-FIVE, HAS WRITTEN A NUMBER OF NOVELS - 'THE NAKED AND THE DEAD' AND 'AN AMERICAN DREAM' BEING AMONG THE BEST KNOWN. HE HAS GAINED A REPUTATION IN BOTH HIS WRITING AND HIS ACTIONS, AS AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF MANY ASPECTS OF AMERICAN LIFE. LAST YEAR HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE THE PENTAGON, AND AT THE CHICAGO DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. BOOKS BY HIM ON BOTH THESE SUBJECTS WERE NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD (AN UNPRECEDENTED DOUBLE HONOUR) AND ONE OF THEM WON. ALL HIS INITIAL CAMPAIGN STAFF ARE WRITERS BEST KNOWN IN NEW YORK.
HE DECIDED TO ENTER THE CONTEST WHEN FORMER MAYOR ROBERT WAGNER ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. IN A PRESS CONFERENCE ON SUNDAY IN NEW YORK, MAILER GAVE HIS VIEWS ON HIS CHANCES-AND THE OTHER CANDIDATES.