Norris bolts, aids Roosevelt

WASHINGTON, May 5, 1932 (UP)-Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska, leader of the western insurgent Republicans, will bolt the party again and support Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt for president if Roosevelt is nominated by the Democrats.

The Nebraskan's decision was revealed in Atlanta by Senator Huey Long, Democrat, Louisiana, and confirmed by Norris here. Long also said Louisiana probably would be for Roosevelt.


Norris, always independent, supported Gov. Alfred E. Smith in his race against Hoover in 1928. Subsequently the Republican national headquarters tried to read him out of the party and retire him from the Senate by entering in the Nebraska primary a grocer named George W. Norris.

Friends of Roosevelt hailed the Norris announcement as strengthening the New York governor's candidacy in the middle west and among progressives generally. It

was pointed out, however, that Roosevelt already is strong in the central west, but weaker in the east and far west where Norris's view carries less weight with the rank of voters.

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