Lobbyist Robert K. Gray talks on phone while riding in limousine. For years, Robert Gray was the ultimate Washington power broker — a suave, white-haired lobbyist and political fixer who had instant access to presidents, senators and just about anybody else in town who mattered. But before his death last year at the age of 92, Gray confided that there was a time early in his career when he lived in mortal fear that legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover would discover his biggest secret: that he was gay. Government's War on Gays ].
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Bob Gray Photo courtesy of Charles Francis. He was Witeck, a Democratic Party activist, said he, Francis, and gay Democratic activist and political consultant Jeff Trammell are just a few of the many gay communications professionals that worked for Gray in the s and who later rose in the profession or started their own firms. Francis said Gray was born and raised in Nebraska. Francis, who interviewed Gray two years ago for an article published last week in the online newsletter of the Mattachine Society of Washington, said Gray began work at the White House in as Appointments Secretary and later as Secretary of the Cabinet to President Eisenhower. Following the election of President John F. Trammell, who worked for Gray during the Reagan years, said Gray hired many Democrats like Trammell and Witeck and maintained a work environment in which Democrats and Republicans respected one another even though they disagreed politically.
In this concise yet thorough history of America in the s, Doug Rossinow takes the full measure of Ronald Reagan's presidency and the ideology of Reaganism. Believers in libertarian economics and a muscular foreign policy, Reaganite conservatives in the s achieved impressive success in their efforts to transform American government, politics, and society, ushering in the political and social system Americans inhabit today. Rossinow links current trends in economic inequality to the policies and social developments of the Reagan era. He reckons with the racial politics of Reaganism and its debt to the backlash generated by the civil rights movement, as well as Reaganism's entanglement with the politics of crime and the rise of mass incarceration.
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