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Boiler Room Girls

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Boiler Room Girls

The "Boiler Room Girls" were the female members of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign staff. The boiler room contained desks divided by regions of the country, i.e. Northeast (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine), etc. Each "girl" was assigned a regional desk and was responsible for daily communication in and out of the Washington campaign headquarters to each state director in their region. Issues and problems were discussed daily and at the end of the day a decision book was compiled and sent to the candidate (RFK) and the campaign manager (Stephen Smith). Decision were reached on each daily issue and the following morning those decision came out from the regional desk officer ("boiler room girl") to the state director. So if there was an issue with labor, or abortion rights or there weren't enough bumper stickers, etc. those issues were resolved. Also as each state primary was held, the desk officers kept track of the delegate count - both for RFK, McCarthy and Humphrey - leading up to the convention. Just before the Democratic National Convention the boiler room was to be moved to a temporary office right off the convention floor where the same delegate officers conversed with the same state leaders. Thus at any given moment, the boiler room became the heartbeat of the campaign.

Six of them, listed in descending order of age (in 1968), were the following:

External links

  • Who's who at the Kennedy inquest - time.com, September 5, 1969
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