Who Dat? – R

We’re still awaiting decisions from the Killer B’s — Biden, Beto, Bullock — as to whether they will run for president.  But for now, let’s focus on the Killer R’s — those “R” politicians whose buttons need identifying.

As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, for you to help identify.  We can’t make heads or tails of these candidates, most of whom we’ve never heard of.  And when we see a “Smith for Congress” or a “Jones for Senator” button, how do we know which Smith or which Jones?  So we’ve been posting pictures of these buttons, hoping you will have the answer.  Often, you have come through, which is most appreciated.

Thus far, we’ve completed the first 16 letters of the alphabet.  (Check out our previous “Who Dats”:  Unknowns beginning with the Letter A, Letter B, two pages for Letter C (here and here), Letter D, Letter E, Letter F, Letter G, Letter H, Letter I, Letter J, Letter K, Letter L, Letter M, Letter N,  Letter O and Letter P.)  Let the record show we don’t have enough unknown Q candidates to list.  We even have one of buttons with pictures only — no names.  That’s even harder to decipher.

We now bring you to the Letter R.  Any idea on who these candidates R?  Thanks!

For the record, three buttons in the first row — the two for Fred Reuss and one from Joan Rosenthal — are thought to be from Queens, N.Y.  That’s all we got.

12 Responses

  1. Daniel Fox says:

    “Riley for Governor,” p. 2, row 4 — Clement A. Riley was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts in 1962. He was the state Registrar of Motor Vehicles — hence the license-plate motif on the button — and his signature issue was the repeal of the state’s “compulsory automobile insurance” law requiring drivers to have insurance.

  2. Daniel Fox says:

    “Democrat Rose Lieutenant Governor” — Robert Rose, D-NV, elected 1974.

  3. Daniel Fox says:

    “John Rarig for Congress” — Rarig, an apple grower in Adams County, Pa., lost the Democratic congressional primary in Pennsylvania 19 in 1982; two years later, he won the nomination but lost the general to incumbent Bill Goodling in the same district.

  4. Daniel Fox says:

    “Bill Richards Drain Commissioner”– As far as I know, Michigan is the only state to elect county drain commissioners. Democrat Bill Richards was appointed in 1972 to fill a vacancy in the position of Oakland County Drain Commissioner. In November 1972 he lost to Republican George W. Kuhn. Richards tried a comeback in 1976, but lost the Democratic primary. That weird-looking thing in the center of the button is the “ecology” symbol, widely recognized in the early Seventies and remembered by a few old-timers like me today.

  5. Daniel Fox says:

    “Republican Ryan for Lt. Gov.” — probably John M. Ryan, GOP nominee for that office in 1964.

    George Ryan of Illinois is a possibility, but he ran for (and was elected) LG in 1982 and 1986, and the button looks to me more like an item from the Sixties than one from the Eighties. So I don’t think it’s George.

  6. Daniel Fox says:

    In 1974, Elma Ross was the GOP nominee for Tennessee State Representative in District 79. She lost to Jimmy Bishop.

  7. Daniel Fox says:

    “Reading for Mayor” – probably John Reading of Oakland, CA, who served 1966-77, and was elected in 1967, 1969, and 1973.

  8. Daniel Fox says:

    “Resnick for Congress”– looks to me like Joseph Y. Resnick, who was elected to Congress from N.Y. 28 in 1964 and 1966 before losing the Democratic Senate primary in 1968.

  9. Daniel Fox says:

    “Joseph Verner Reed for Assembly” — Reed sought the GOP nomination in Manhattan’s 8th A.D., part of John Lindsay’s “Silk Stocking” district, in 1964. The courts ruled him ineligible to be on the ballot, so I guess whatever Reed spent on these buttons went to waste. Not that Reed couldn’t afford it.

    BTW, he went on to be U.S. Ambassador to Morocco under Reagan, then a UN official, and finally George H.W Bush’s protocol chief.

  10. Larry Brokofsky says:

    George Ryan for Lt. Governor. He was a Republican from Indiana. Don’t know the year he ran.

  11. Trent LeDoux says:

    Russel for AG is MO, I’m pretty sure.

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