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Senator Joseph McCarthys political career was in danger when he walked intothe Colony Restaurant in Washington DC for dinner with three of his friends The datewas January 7 1950 A month earlier he had been voted worst US Senator in a poll ofSenate correspondents In his earlier years as Senator he had been known for takingloans and funds from businesses totaling 30000 This included the Pepsi-Colacompany which earned him the nickname Pepsi-Cola Joe1 and the LustronCorporation which dealt in prefabricated houses About this time McCarthy was alsodeemed responsible for the resignation of Senate subcommittee chairman Raymond EBaldwin who left politics citing McCarthys abuse towards him during the MalmedyNot only was his political career in danger but McCarthy was also suffering fromfinancial troubles He had squandered all the money from his political funds into soybeaninvestments and horse racing which left him nearly broke3 With these things in mindMcCarthy and his three associates- William Roberts a Washington lawyer CharlesKraus a political science professor at Georgetown and Father Edmund Walsh a deanalso at George University set out to discover that fateful night what could possiblyrejuvenate the political career of Joseph McCarthy before the upcoming election of 52 The trio of Roberts Kraus and Walsh recommended that McCarthy should trytaking up a cause and to do so seriously and passionately But what should it be Ideasand issues were tossed about the group concerning old age pension to the St LawrenceSeaway McCarthy dismissed them all But then Walsh suggested communism andMcCarthys ears realized that they had just struck gold Thats it exclaimed an excited McCarthy The government is full ofCommunists We can hammer away at them 4 And with that statement Senator JosephMcCarthys witchhunt against communism had begun33 days later in Wheeling West Virginia Senator Joseph McCarthy stood on apodium before the Ohio Valley Womens Republican Club I have in my hand hebegan a list of 205 card-carrying Communists who are now employed in the StateDepartment and
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