The Unlikely Cult Figure

Henry III, William A.
February 1978
New Republic;2/11/78, Vol. 178 Issue 6, p18
Profiles Thomas Philip O'Neill, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Personal and political ethics of O'Neill; Professional background of O'Neill; Reasons for the popularity of O'Neill as a presidential candidate; Moves of O'Neill to block the House vote on concurring in the recommendations of the Judiciary Committee; Pledge of O'Neill to end the seniority system; Speeches of O'Neill in support of Portuguese colonial interests in Angola; Plans of O'Neill to buy a public hospital for conversion to a nursing home; Profits made by him by investing in a private psychiatric hospital; Suggestion of O'Neill to halt bombing and withdrawal of American troops in the Vietnam War; Opposition of O'Neill against a ban on arms sales to Chile's military government.


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