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New Jersey Politicians

    Ed Bader 

Edward "Ed" Bader

Played By: Kevin O'Rourke
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"Let's get something straight. Nucky Thompson does not run this city. I do!"

A prominent construction businessman in Atlantic City, he accepts Nucky's offer to run for Mayor in the 1920 local elections when the incumbent republican starts to lose steam and wins. He knows that he is nothing but Nucky's pawn, and the common folk laughs at his attempts to appear otherwise.


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    Harry Bacharach 

Harry Bacharach

Played By: John Rue

Bader's predecessor as Mayor of Atlantic City.

    Frank Hague 

Frank Hague

Played By: Chris Mulkey
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"I'm just proposing we call a spade, a spade."
The corrupt mayor of Jersey City. Unlike his homologues in Atlantic City who are just pawns of Nucky, he is in full charge of his town and deals with Nucky himself.

    Nucky Thompson 

Enoch Malachi "Nucky" Thompson

See Boardwalk Empire Thompson Family

    Lous Kaestner 

Louis "Lou" Kaestner a.k.a. "The Commodore"

See Boardwalk Empire Darmody Family

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Washington, D.C. Politicians and Aides

    Walter Edge 

Walter Edge

Played By: Geoff Pierson
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"It was just politics. I'll make for it later."
US Senator for the State of New Jersey and the owner of a construction firm. Nucky was his campaign manager, believing that Edge would return the favor once elected by helping pass bills for the construction of roads that would benefit Atlantic City.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His desire to become the president of the United States is presented this way.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • I Lied: He gives the promised road funding to Hague... who promptly stabs him in the back and tells Nucky about it.
  • Ironic Echo: When Eddie tells Edge that they are out of Pimm's, Edge looks back to Nucky and says that he can't expect to have everything. The next day, Nucky sends Edge a few crates of Pimm's with a note saying "I do expect to have everything."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Nucky cuts a deal with Hague behind Edge's back to get the road money, and then ruins Edge's possibilities to get the 1920 Vice Presidential nomination.
    Nucky: Senator, the only chance you have of entering the White House is on a guided fucking tour.
  • Sleazy Politician
  • Spanner in the Works: Edge appears at least one time per season to cause trouble for Nucky back in DC. In the first, he allocates his promised road funding to Frank Hague; in the second, he presses Daugherty to assign a more professional attorney to handle Nucky's corruption case. In the third season he doesn't even make it willingly: he heads a Senate investigation about the poor enforcement of the 18th Ammendment that puts heat on Daugherty, Daugherty tells Nucky to be more discreet and he cuts all liquor sales except Rothstein's. Cue war with Gyp Rosetti (and Daugherty indicting Nucky anyway).
  • Straw Misogynist: Like Hague, he only supports women's vote "on the record".

    Harry Daugherty 

Harry Daugherty

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"You have heard I play ball."
The massively corrupt campaign manager of Warren Harding and US Attorney General after his presidential election. Nucky uses his connections to help Harding get the nomination in exchange for some favors in the future, but when he finally needs them Daugherty just keeps making excuses.

    Jess Smith 

Jess Smith

Played By: Ed Jewett

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"Bootleggers are the people we are in business with!"
Harry Daugherty's best friend and gofer who actually holds no official position in Washington. He is the middleman between Daugherty and George Remus.

    Andrew William Mellon 

Andrew William Mellon

Played By: James Cromwell

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"Daugherty is nothing but a shabby little huckster."
The US Secretary of the Treasury and therefore the person responsible for upholding taxes and Prohibition, despite the fact that he hates both. Also one of the richest men in the country.

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