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Hoffa Boosts Rockefeller

Sept. 18, 1963 - James R. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said today he hoped Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York would win the Republican Presidential nomination in 1964. Somewhat embarrassed, Gov. Rockefeller replied that he did not know Mr. Hoffa, who faces two Federal indictments, one charging fraudulent use of union funds and the other involving charges of jury tampering. But the Governor said, “The reasons he gives as to why the members of the Teamsters union might support me are appreciated.” Mr. Hoffa said in a television interview, filmed in Chicago, that he could not support President Kennedy for reelection in 1964. He has often accused the President’s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, of waging a vendetta against him. Mr. Hoffa added, “I would certainly alert our people as to what Rockefeller did in New York and give great consideration to throwing out of office President Kennedy, who did nothing except hurt labor since the day he was a Senator.” Mr. Hoffa said he was against Republican Senator Barry Goldwater because “I would imagine he has no conception of what it means for a man to lose his job and not have a paycheck.”


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