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Flashback Friday: This Day In '68, Rocky Names Senate Replacement For RFK

Sept. 10, 1968:

Pitchin for Charlie

New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller names a fellow Republican, upstate Congressman Charles Goodell, to the vacant Senate seat formerly held by the late Robert F. Kennedy (D).  Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, shortly after declaring victory in the California Democratic presidential primary.

Goodell is a moderate conservative who has voted for all major civil rights bills while opposing President Johnson's anti-poverty measures.  He is considered a strong ally of House Minority Leader Gerald Ford.  In the 1968 battle for the Republican presidential nomination, he supported Rockefeller over the eventual winner, Richard Nixon.

Goodell will serve until the 1970 general election, when he will lose in a three-way contest to Conservative Party nominee James Buckley.

(Goodell's son, Roger, is currently the commissioner of the National Football League.)

Even more important, today is also the birthday of Ken Rudin's mom, Claire.

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