Dapper Dan Flood: The Controversial Life Of A Congressional Power Broker

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Daniel J. Flood was among the last of the old-time movers and shakers on Capitol Hill. A flamboyant vaudevillian who became a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, he was a sight on the House floor, sporting white linen suits, silk top hats, and dark, flowing capes. Flood presented his addresses and arguments with the overly precise and clipped accent of an old-fashioned stage actor, and he re...

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press; 1st edition (February 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0271036184
ISBN-13: 978-0271036182
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 291738
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I always wanted to know more about Dan Flood. When my mother married an Englishman and went to England shortly after the war with her infant daughter, she wrote to Mr. Flood to help her get back. I do not know what the problem was, but he personally ...



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e attention he attracted for every performance.At the same time, “Dapper Dan” understood the complexities of the old power politics and played the legislative game with sheer genius. He worked his will by employing the common practices that greased the wheels of the political process in the post–World War II era: persuasion, manipulation, arm-twisting, and grandiloquent oratory rarely matched by his congressional colleagues.Between 1945 and 1980, Flood used his clout as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee to wield near-veto power over the $300 billion federal budget. Flood was instrumental in funding the Cold War as well as the “Great Society” social reforms of the 1960s. This consummate pork-barrel politician was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen terms. Eventually accused of improprieties in arranging federal contracts, Flood became the subject of sweeping investigations by the U.S. Attorney General and the House Ethics Committee.Based on recently declassified FBI documents, court records, public papers, and contemporary newspaper accounts, as well as more than thirty interviews of Flood’s widow, congressional colleagues, and Capitol Hill staff, Dapper Dan Flood explodes the myths surrounding this controversial Pennsylvania congressman.