June 3, 1979: Buffalo's Tim Russert on making it big in Washington, D.C.

George Borelli’s chat with Tim Russert in 1979 may very well be the first feature piece of thousands to come on the South Buffalo attorney who had just moved to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Washington, D.C., office.

It’s a great, unvarnished look at the young man who went on to become one of the most beloved figures in the history of Buffalo.

Russert admits his entree to Washington was helping Moynihan in dealing with the Blizzard of ’77. He also admits an unabashed prejudice for Buffalo and a notion that he might return to Buffalo to run for the congressional seat held by Jack Kemp.

"Buffalo lawyer moving up: Moynihan’s No. 1 man"

“Next week, at age 29, Russert, a bachelor, will become the youngest chief of staff in the U.S. Senate when he assumes the post of administrative assistant to Sen. Moynihan.”


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