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PENNSYLVANIA: Dynamite Man

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TIME

It was a political upset in Pennsylvania that put William J. Eroe Jr. in the State Senate at Harrisburg three years ago. Last year Mr. Eroe upset his Democratic colleagues, who were evenly matched with Senate Republicans, by casting the deciding vote for a G. O. P. presiding officer. Then he upset the Republicans by switching back to the Democrats, voting with his party on lesser matters. Last week Senator Eroe was upset himself. Out came news that he had: 1) lost his job as a salesman for American Cyanamid & Chemical Corp. which sold dynamite to the State Highways Department last year; 2) already collected and presumably spent his $2,500 salary for the remainder of his Senate term ending next Dec. 1; and 3) applied for and been refused $15 a week unemployment compensation. Said Senator Eroe, appealing to a referee: “I need the money. … I’m 51, married and have three children. Just because I’m a State Senator, I don’t see why I shouldn’t ask for compensation when I lose my job. I thought that’s what the law was for when I voted for it.”

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