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In November of 1941 due to a number of financial misfortunes, Orson Welles gave up production on his second film for RKO The Magnificent Ambersons, much to the dismay of George Schaefer, who hoped the film would make back the money lost by Citizen Kane, Welles instead focused on another passion of his life, politics. As a self-proclamed "Progressive" Welles was a supporter and admirer of Franklin D Roosevelt. In late 1941 Welles chose to run for the office of Mayor of Los Angeles as a Democrat
After a unique campaign, in which Welles promised to open his own house to the homeless of the city, he emerged victorious defeating opponent Stephen W Cunningham even after Cunningham's smear campaign in which he referred to Welles as a "Communist". After Welles' first 5 months in office the standard of living in Los Angeles increased expedencially, Welles eventually became known as "The Voice of L.A" and "The saviour of the people" Welles himself felt the latter name was blasphemous, but the name stuck.