Ohioan shares tales from campaign trails
Every dime Jerry Austin collected for the prospective presidential campaign of Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago ended up going for bail.
Until then, Austin had suffered through a nominee identity crisis, first supporting Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy, then becoming a driver for South Dakota Sen. George McGovern’s campaign, and finally being persuaded by his friend Richard F. Celeste to support Kennedy.
In short order at the convention, Austin raised $10,000 for Kennedy, who abruptly pulled out, leaving Austin and Celeste literally with a garbage can full of money. Their recourse: contribute it to a bail fund for thousands of jailed protesters.
Austin recounts this adventure and others in his new book,
Published by the University of Akron Press, it features 86 chapters written by 30 national political consultants.
Austin will sign copies of the book at the Statehouse Museum Shop on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Taste of Ohio” event also will feature former Statehouse reporter William Hershey and University of Akron political scientist John Green signing their new book,
Also at the book-signing event will be Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber with their book,
Austin is best known for helping Celeste twice win election as Ohio’s governor and for managing Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign.