For one political junkie, Nixon’s still the one
William “Pat” Patterson likes the reaction he gets when people see the bumper sticker on his silver Toyota Corolla: “President Nixon. Now more than ever.”
“I have a handful of them,” he said of the bumper stickers from the Richard Nixon-George McGovern 1972 presidential race.
“Why not throw them on the car and see the reaction I get?” Patterson, 49, said.
Patterson’s political memorabilia also includes a gold-studded “Ike” pin, for 1950s-era President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and items from the campaigns of former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Politics has always been a part of his life, Patterson said. He said he is descended from William Paterson, the second governor of New Jersey.
After years as a Republican, Patterson said he became a Democrat when he moved to Brockton from New Jersey five years ago.
“I realized that not many Republicans are around” here, said Patterson, a divorced father of two who is the public relations spokesman for the Guardian Angels group working to stem violence in the city.
While Reagan was his favorite president, Nixon is his second favorite.
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