“Tell them I lied.” – A Politician Who Was An Honest Crook – Part 3

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The Hon. Earl K. Long, Governor of Louisiana.

But back to the issue of the tax on movie tickets. After winning the election and becoming Governor of the great State of Louisiana, Mr. Earl did not repeal the tax. The lobbyist called on Governor Long and as related in that classic of political literature, The Earl of Louisiana by A.J. Liebling, said to Mr. Earl:

“I told my clients that you said you wanted their support and that you wouldn’t block removal of the tax. What do I tell them now?”

Mr. Earl thought a moment and said, “Tell them I lied.”

[Source: The Earl of Louisiana by AJ Liebling. Image courtesy of AllPosters.com.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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