BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Eleanor Nissley's brief, unexpected star- turn at the 1968 Republican National Convention left her with a bundle of telegrams and a memory that still rankles 40 years later.The genteel party soldier from Ridgewood, known for her stubborn, independent streak, arrived in Miami as a determined Nelson Rockefeller delegate. But a surprise tactical maneuver by Bergen County GOP Chairman Nelson Gross bound the Bergen delegates to Richard Nixon.
Local Delegate Known for Speaking Her Mind
Infuriated delegation chairman Sen. Clifford Case, a Rockefeller supporter, ordered each delegate to step up to the microphone and individually cast a vote for Nixon live, on national television."We were bound by a total unit vote," Niss...