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Sinatra-JFK-mob ties alleged

October 7, 2000

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— Frank Sinatra got Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana to help John F. Kennedy win the presidency, one of the singer's daughters claims in an upcoming "60 Minutes" interview.

Tina Sinatra said her father told her Joseph Kennedy, the president's father, asked the singer and actor to talk to the Mafia about securing the labor union vote in the crucial West Virginia primary in 1960. The CBS-TV "60 Minutes" interview will be broadcast Sunday.

"Dad was on an errand," Sinatra's 52-year-old daughter said.

After Sinatra's death in May 1998, FBI files on Sinatra included allegations of the entertainer's ties to organized crime, but FBI investigators never proved direct involvement with the Mafia.

Tina Sinatra told "60 Minutes" Giancana assured her father the request would be met. "It's a couple of phone calls," she quoted Giancana as saying.

Kennedy defeated Hubert Humphrey in the West Virginia primary, which assured him the Democratic presidential nomination. He defeated Richard Nixon in the general election.

The interview coincides with the release next week of Tina Sinatra's book, "My Father's Daughter," by publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc.

She was not available for an interview Friday, book publicist Tracey Guest said.

An editorial on the Sinatra family Web site established by daughter Nancy also discusses the Kennedy-Sinatra-Mafia connection.

"Please keep in mind when reading or hearing stories about JFK, FS and Sam Giancana that it was Joseph Kennedy Sr. who approached Frank for help in contacting Sam Giancana because he knew Frank, like all others on the circuit, performed in night clubs owned by mob bosses," the editorial reads.

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