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Once a ‘disrupter,’ Edward Markey now a mover in House

WASHINGTON — “No-nukes’’ activists who were threatening to disrupt the 1980 Democratic National Convention delivered an ultimatum: Grant their key ally, Representative Edward Markey, a prime-time speaking slot, or they would submit enough signatures to force Markey onto the ballot as vice presidential nominee.

Party bosses blinked. So for 10 minutes, the crowd at Madison Square Garden and network audiences around the country listened to a 35-year-old congressman with a black suit, a Kennedy accent, and hair shaggy enough to evoke a hint of rebellion. He implored the nation to shut down its nuclear reactors, ramp up solar energy, and end foreign oil dependence.

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