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Freeman Gets Left

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Parent Issue
Day
10
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

FREEMAN GETS LEFT.

THE REPUBLICAN SENATE REJECTS HIM

As a Member of the Board of Prison Control for Fear Judson Might Become Warden.

The nomination of A. F. Freeman, of Manchester, as a member of the prison board of control was rejected last Friday by the state senate by a vote of 11 to 18. Mr. Freeman bears an excellent reputation in this county and is a gentleman who is acknowledged to be qualified to fill the position. He has always been a good working republican and has borne the heat and burden of battle away back in the times when Washtenaw was overwhelmingly democratic. Yet Freeman, who in those days was looked upon as one of the shining lights of republicanism was yesterday rejected by a senate which consisted of 27 republicans and 5 democrats. Only 11 of these senators voted to confirm him and of this number at least three including Senator Ward were democrats. In other words Freeman fared much better at the hands of the democrats than of the republicans, for the majority of the democrats voted for him, while two-thirds of the republicans voted against him. The contest was supposed to be over the question of ex-Sheriff Judson being warden of the Jackson prison, although Mr. Freeman assured some of the senators that he was pledged to no man for warden. As the Argus stated, exclusively, some days ago, it is now asserted as the Pingree plan that the governor will send in no nomination in place of Freeman, but will wait until the close, of the present legislative session and will then appoint Freeman, when his appointee may take office without interference from the senators. By means of such a move Judson would be lauded as prison warden and both Pingree and Judson may be relied upon to be good fighters.