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Quotation by Alfred E. Smith
No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.
Alfred E. Smith (1873–1944), U.S. Democratic politician, governor of New York. New Outlook (Dec. 1933).
The phrase "Nobody shoots at Santa Claus" was used repeatedly by Smith in campaign speeches in 1936, attacking Franklin D. Roosevelt and the spendthrift policies of the New Deal.
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