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GOP's Cox Remembers Happy Rockefeller

It may be hard to believe now, but 51 years ago, a presidential candidate's chances were severely damaged by divorce. In 1963, Nelson Rockefeller, then-governor of New York, married Margaretta Fitler Murphy, a socialite 18 years years his junior, who became known as Happy Rockefeller. Both the governor and his new wife were divorced, and there were tabloid accounts of an extramarital affair. Those reports all but ended Gov. Rockefeller's chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964. On WAMC's Capitol Connection this week, Alan Chartock spoke with New York State GOP chairman Ed Cox about Happy Rockefeller, who died yesterday at her home in Tarrytown at at the age of 88.

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program, for almost 12 years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and The Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:40 a.m.
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