m tall myself, and when the Senators son passed near me I pressed my way close to him and said, Fine speech this morning, Mr. Bonwiller. Your old man would have liked it. I extended my hand above the crowd. Corey SifterIm very sorry about whats happened.
Yes, I know, I know. Speaker-Sentinels a fine paper. Just about the last of em.
Your people have prepped you well.
Not at all. I know your work. Weve always appreciated your support. He pulled down his glasses so that he could look over the lenses at me. I hope we can continue to count on it.
Then he was hurried along.
Not exactly funeral talk, I have to saybut smooth enough. Our House seat has been held by a Republican for three terms now, as the western half of the state has grown more conservative, but still, Dirk Bonwiller has got to have at least an even chance at it. And after that, who knows what hell do? He runs the Farmland Preservation Alliance in Albany, sits on the board of the Bronx Redevelopment Commission, and gave a main-stage address last year at the AFL-CIO convention in Rochester; he has a house up here and a brownstone in Brooklyn, too, and he vacations on Lake Ontario, near Sackets Harbor: its no feat to see that hed speak to all sides of the state Democratic Party when his time comes..
Excerpted from America America by Ethan Canin Copyright © 2008 by Ethan Canin. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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