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Were always crying," Wellstone said. " The emotional strain was multiplied by the crushing debt. "It was so clear that we could barely hold on, all because of a medical bill," added Wellstone. " To pay off these debts, Minnie took a job in the cafeteria of the junior high school that Paul attended. With a strain of regret and guilt in his voice, Wellstone said he was embarrassed by his mother's menial work: It was humiliating because all the kids would make fun of these women. They all viewed them as white trash.

Adams recounted, "and 'We're tired of ... their hand-picked people. ' " The underlying sentiment was that "we had brought a lot of new people into a movement and the Jackson part of it was almost over," Adams said. "We had all these people involved and we didn't want to let it die. " Dawkins concurred: "We all felt like we had gotten Jackson to a better spot than anybody thought we could, and it was a matter of 'Where are we gonna go next? M. Adams mentioned that Wellstone's activism had earned him support in rural areas, in inner cities, and also with trade unions.

While Wellstone and his friends had no doubts about how they would distinguish Wellstone from Boschwitz, they first had to figure out how to outmaneuver the state's Democratic leadership. Wellstone recalled a chronic feeling of indignation at the treatment he was getting from party leaders: I remember I went out to speak to the DFL executive committee at a meeting up in Brainerd [a resort town in central Minnesota]. I gave them a good speech and they were applauding and cheering and I asked them to support me.

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