Who Dat? – B

In using illustrations of campaign buttons to accompany these political postings, we have often come across buttons whose origins have escaped us.  Thus, every now and then we’re going to post some of these unknown items, in the hope that you can identify some of them.

Here’s another selection of campaign items of candidates whose last name begins with a “B.”  Does anyone know who these folks are?

 who dat December 001

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13 Responses

  1. bob ziegler says:

    I’d vote for Bob for lieutenant governor, sounds like my kind of guy, lol. and I believe there was a Shelly Berman who was a stand up comic in the 50s and 60s. same guy?

  2. Bruce Boyd says:

    I really like the one for Joseph L Boudreau for Overseer of the Poor.

    Was there really such an office? Where? I’d like to know what such a person did.

    • Daniel Fox says:

      “Berman Congress” might be Col. Leo Berman, Republican nominee against Martin Frost in Texas 24 in 1978 and 1980 (and later a state rep).

  3. Jim Polichak says:

    I remember the Bernstein button from the early 1970s on Long Island. She was a liberal Democrat who ran in Nassau County when it was still dominated by the Margiotta Republican machine. Her first name might be Karen, I’m not sure.
    She might have run against Norman Lent after he defeated Allard Lowenstein in the 5th CD or John Wydler in the 4th.

  4. What a collection! It’s cool to see the evolution of how buttons have been used in political campaigns over the years. You really can’t have a political campaign without buttons!

  5. Kate Fink says:

    Looks like George Bindi ran for Congress in 1966 in Monongahela, Pa. (outside Pittsburgh). Short news item about it here: http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/57081599/

  6. Dave Jordahl says:

    “Barrett for Mayor” might be Tom Barrett, Milwaukee mayor.

    • Ken Rudin says:

      Dave, this button predates Tom Barrett as mayor of Milwaukee. Some people think it’s for William Barrett, the late longtime congressman from Philadelphia, but I have yet to see any indication that Barrett ever considered running for mayor.

  7. James Maney says:

    Overseers of the Poor administered various public relief funds and sometimes ran almshouses, “poor farms,” and such operations. It was an office in the UK, and came to the US in the Eastern states. There were state Overseers of the Poor in Vermont and Delaware, as well as in several Massachusetts cities including Boston, Salem, and Haverhill. It appears to have normally been appointive but obviously someplace must have elected them

  8. Bade For Lieutenant Governor is a Missouri button. Leonard Bade was a Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. in the 1976 primary. He did not win the primary. He was a farmer from Rolla, MO. Most of the attention in the Democratic primary in Missouri that year was focused on the death of Jerry Litton, who had won the nomination for US Senate, but died in a plane crash on primary election night,

  9. Kay Gilbert says:

    I think the “Berman Congress” is from one of the earlier campaigns of Los Angeles Democrat Howard L. Berman, who represented the San Fernando Valley from 1983-2013. I’m guessing an
    earlier campaign, because Berman controlled district boundaries, giving himself such a secure seat that until independent redistricting in 2012 he barely campaigned for reelection.

  10. David Vandeviver says:

    Joseph L. Boudreau [possibly a Republican] was elected overseer of the poor in Manchester NH in at least 1910, ’12 and ’14 and may have gone to prison circa 1918 [naughty Joseph!].

  11. David Vandeviver says:

    page two, row two: Brownell is Ray A. Brownell mayor of Flint Michigan 1929-30, 1933-34 and Bent is Harold D. Bent Republican mayor of Brockton Massachusetts 1926-31

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