He was asked what he would do if he won the race. Buckley issued his classic response in no time flat.
Wikipedia: William F. Buckley, Jr.
William Francis "Bill" Buckley, Jr. (born November 24, 1925) is an American author and conservative commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, and is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing style is famed for its eloquence and use of uncommon words. Over the course of his career, Buckley's views have changed on some issues, such as drug legalization, which he now favors.
Buckley is the author of a series of novels featuring the character of CIA agent Blackford Oakes, along with several books on writing, speaking, history, politics, and sailing. Buckley refers to himself "on and off" as either libertarian or conservative. He is based in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut and is semi-retired. Buckley often signs his name as "WFB."
In 1965, he ran for mayor of New York City as the candidate for the young Conservative Party, because of his dissatisfaction with the very liberal Republican candidate John V. Lindsay, who later became a Democrat. When asked what he would do if he won the race, Buckley issued his classic response, "I'd demand a recount." To relieve traffic congeston, Buckley proposed charging cars a fee to enter the central city, and a network of bike lanes; such car-toll plans have recently been considered for New York City, but were blocked by the New York State legislature. He finished third with 13.4% of the vote, having unintentionally aided Lindsay's election by taking votes from Democratic candidate Abe Beame.
5 September 1965, New York Times, "Very Dark Horse in New York" by John Leo, pg. SM8:
William F. Buckley Jr. is, in his own words, a "radical conservative running for Mayor 'half in fun.'" (...) Asked what he would do if elected, he said, "I'd demand a recount."
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