The Brief, Half-Serious, and Sort of Visionary Political Career of Jimmy Breslin

March 20, 2017 | Courtesy of reason.com

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"Good day to you," Jimmy Breslin told the crowd of cops. "I'd like the record to state that I'm here without a lawyer."

It was 1969. By this time Breslin, who died yesterday, was already a well-known newspaper columnist, but he wasn't giving a talk about journalism. He was campaigning to be president of the New York City Council. His running mate, Norman Mailer, was aiming to be mayor.

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