Nixon Enemies List entry for
|List and position:||First/Top 20, #16|
|Name as originally listed:||Ron Dellums|
|Vitals:||11/24/1935 - 7/30/2018|
|Comment on original list:||Congressman, California|
|Lists with duplicates of this person:||1|
- Congressman from Oakland, California, 1971-1998.
- listed both on the Top 20 and under "Black Congressmen."
- self-described socialist.
- later became mayor of Oakland.
- joined Marine Corps, 1954-1956.
- Masters degree in social work, UC Berkeley, 1962.
- elected to Berkeley City Council 1967.
- elected to U.S. House 1970.
- In his victory speech he said, "One person I forgot to thank, my public relations agent, Spiro T. Agnew." (The vice president had campaigned against him, calling him "an out-and-out radical." The publicity was helpful.)
- He was one of the first African Americans to represent a majority–white congressional district.
- Famously set up a poster exhibit of Vietnam War Atrocities next to his Congressional Office during his first month in office.
- The comment on the Top 20 list says, "Had extensive EMK-Tunney support in his election bid. Success might help in California next year." Edward Kennedy was not a likely candidate for 1972 because of Chappaquiddick in 1969, but he was still the influential Majority Whip. Senator John Tunney from California was also anti-Vietnam War and young and handsome (and Kennedy's roommate at law school). "Success" here means success at defaming Dellums in order to hurt the Democratic vote in California in 1972.
- The NY Times misspelled his name in the published list under "Black Congressmen" as "Ronald Dollums," but had it correct in the Top 20 "Original List."
- His obituaries in the NY Times and Washington Post did not mention the Enemies List even though he was listed on the high-prestige "Original List" of 20.
- His 2000 autobiography, co-written with H. Lee Halterman, is "Lying Down With the Lions: A Public Life from the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power".
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