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These 10 Men Want Phil Hart's

These 10 Men Want Phil Hart's image These 10 Men Want Phil Hart's image
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Day
31
Month
December
Year
1975
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race for the U.S. tenate san o pe mcaieu in November bv l'hilip Han. There are four deckred 'ates, with ai leasl síx more including Michigan Secretary Aus'tin wuiting in the wings, weigftpig the oddsand trying titira niñee trom rëactloMTV to liberal, they all seem to M AltllOUgll [He nopi'IUIS HHUILS I ungí JH'iu ii.u."i -i.k... .■ ■■ ( agree c? rwo W.v.' ?toi sfarc of the economy and the loss af public cónfidence w the natton s kuilers wilt bc among the biggest issues uf the camrmign. The following individuals have annuunced tbr Hart's seat: Marvin L. Esch, Republican, U.S. Congressman, Second Congressional District This former college professor and State Representative waS'fïrst elected to the U.S. Congress in 1966. He is able to retain his congressional seat in a district full of studentsand Democrats. He ükes to characterize himself as a moderate Repubiican and an independent thinker, but is perhaps best known for his proposed anti-busing constitutional amendment. His campaign literature seems fraught with contradictions. He pledges a campaign where "the people are my only political machine; the people are my only special interest." Yet on the other hand, the following "people" have joined the Esch campaign: Dr. Paul W. McCracken, a U of M Professor of Business Administration and former head of President Nixon's Councfl of Economie Advisors; C. Boyd Stockmeyer, Chairman of the Detroit Bank and Trust Co. (whose son is on Esch's congressional sta ff); and Oakland Coünty Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson, known for his knee-jerk politics (prosécuting welfare cheaters and opposing pornography while taking a soft stance on organized crime in Oakland counly.) All have joined the Campaign Advisory Committee, which "will play an important role in the furmulation of a 'we the people' campaign." Donald W. Riegle, Democrat, U.S. Congessman, 7th District At the age of 28, Riegle in 1966 challenged and defcated the mcumbent Congressman in the blue-collar Flini area 7th district, running as an independent. His political career has been characterized by firsts': Jie was one of the first to oppose the Vietnamese war and to cali fora "dump Nixon"strategy. Riegle has an impressive voting record on anti-Vietnam war legislation, defense spending and Congressional reform. He is also a very ambitious politician who let his Presidential aspira tions be known as a freshman Congressman. In a recent interview, he told the Sun that "being bom and raised in an industrial working-class community like Flint gives me basic instincts and insights which would help me represent an industrial state like Michigan." But before being elected to Congress in 1966, he was enrolled in the doctoral program at the Harvard Business School and was employed as a senior financial analyst by the IBM Corporation. , Riegle switched party affiliation in 1974 from Republican to Democratie. In 1972 he wrote a book about Congressional life called O, Congress. John R. Otterbacher, Democrat, Michigan State Senator, Grand Rapids In an in-depth interview with the Sun, Onerbacher appeared to be one of the more awure candidates in the ary prootems. nis legisiauve tecuiu in me areas of human services and the environment are consistent with tliis rnipression. He is currently rewriting the state's welfare laws. Oiterbachcr favors a return to Constitutional values, the free enteiprise systcm, and strict application of anti-irust laws. "We should begin to apply the same kind of cost-elficiency questions in the areas of defense and the death areas that we apply in the hie. human services areas." James G. O'Hara, Democrat, U.S. Congressman. 1 2th District O'Hara was elected to Congress from the biue-coilar . Maconib County district in 1958. At that time, O'Hara. along with George McGovem and Eugene McCarthy, was regarded as a new liberal forcé in the House of Representatives. His voting record, however, finds him slaw to oppose the Vietnamese war. A inember of the House Education and Labor Oommittee, he is a strong advocate of aid to two-year community colleges. But, he is strongly opposed to cross-district busing. "Although he has a conflict between his civil rights stand and busing stand, O'Hara is said to be too pragmatic to favor busing in a district that would be strongly opposed to it," according to the Ralph Nader Congress Project. In addition to Austin, the following individuals are likely to announce their candidacy in the coming months: Robert M. Justin, Republican,Oakland County A "concerned citizen and businessman," Justin is a newcomer to Congressional politics. He told the Sun that his newcomer status is one of his chief advantages, "because I am tied to no special interest group." He plans to wage a "people-to-peopie" campaign. "When 78 per cent of the people are dissatisfied with the work Congress is doing, it's time to take a look at not only the peopte in Congress, but the process by which we select them." Justin also holds alaw degree and is a C.P.A. Deane Baker, Republkan, University of Michigan Regent Baker, an Ann Arbor businessman and U of M regent, has been active in the Michigan Republican party since 1960. However, he says he "is not a politician, but an optimist about politics." Baker sees himself as "the candidate of the middle class,"' yet he owns his own construction business and lives on a large farm in Ann Arbor. He fee Is the muidle class is behv; 'inflattón. htgli uixes. eiulless spendiiig and goyernment control," Yct he authored a resotution at a recent Republican State Central Committee endorsing president Ford fpr re-election becau.se of his "diligence and conocí; the nat i on and its peoplc." I cted to have a tough liglit agajnst Ksdi in the b;ittle lor the Rcpublican nominaiion. Robert J. Hubér, Republican, Oakland Couiity A ' and I Kin frorri the ISth district, li by tiie Almai?. "a militan :'ive." Ho told the Sun he woultl ■ nt'erenee December 29. Aüked what he thought about i!lisdosuves icerntng tlie CIA. 1 1 "We neecl sorne age tliat's attuned 10 what's going on in the ('oid War." On the questinn of U.S. involvemeni in Angola, he "While i don't like to involve the U.S. ín foreigii vv, wlien our owti mi, led we should help those that are f'riendly to us and nw help oor enernies." He opi)oses a re-opening of the Wai ren Cómmission ;ind tingly opposed to emss-distnet Inising. Huberls president of the Michigan ('hrome and Chemical Cömpany. Dennis O. Cawthorne, Republican. Minority Leader, Michigan House of Representativas n amhüKHis yining Republican f rom Manisiee. Cawthorne lias had his eye on the Atlorney Geiieraf'sjob, the Congressiunal ;eat in tJic l)th district, the Governorship and the U.S. Senaie. according to the Muskegon Chrnnic'le. "On occasion heil fake a soRd position on .111 eigent issue, büt he pössesses rto love-hate obséssion of wrapping hmiselt' up in a cvntvovèrsy."' the ('hituticlc points out. lo solve he problem of inllatiou, he told iheSun. ""tlie govemnicnl must e raint in spending. 1 hink Presitknl Ford has done some veiy coiirageous things in t his respect, and I support the vast majority of his vetoi Frank J. Kelley, Democrat, Attorney Genera!, Michigan Kelley told üw Sim tliat be woild "walt as long as isible to sec il' a Democratie candídatc emerges that could win. I!', on the oiher hand. the contesting candidates can't win. I may enter i he race." lic eels that the ons in Michigan "divide the working people ali.ng raus! lines. and Michigan winds up with a conservative Senator m Washington. '! Kelley. Nüorney General sirtce hi,o. lus Senaie race t.o Robert f ii il Tin in 'l?. There is some speculation as to vvhether he could geneiaie tlie support ■ds within the Democratie nartv to fuel u Senate eaftipai