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November 09, 1984 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-09

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Book Fair review, schedule

35, 86

Knitty gritty look for the fall season


Deli owner Maxie Silk lends a helping hand


House calls make a comeback





NOVEMBER 9, 1984

Reagan landslide misses
5 key congressional seats

Special to The Jewish News


espite Ronald Reagan's stun-
ning landslide victory on
Tuesday, Democrats, includ-
ing Michigan's Carl Levin, managed
to win in five of the 11 Congressional
races that had been earmarked by
Jewish groups as key contests in the
House and Senate.
Levin turned back former as-
tronaut Jack Lousma's bid for his Se-
nate seat with a six percent lead.
Lousma had tied himself to Ronald
Reagan's coattails, which didn't prove
to be very long against Levin. Levin is
Israel's most outspoken friend on the
Senate Armed Services Committee.
The outcome of at least three races
— Senate contests in North Carolina,
Illinois and Maryland — may have di-
rect and immediate effects on U.S.-
Israeli relations. And the cumulative
effect of the Jewish community's polit-
ical power and influence, at least at
the Congressional level, may have pro-
found effects on the performance of
Senators and Representatives in the
next few years.
As • one Washington political
analyst said, the victories of Paul
Simon over veteran Illinois Senator

Charles Percy and of Tim Harkin in
Iowa over GOP Senator Roger Jepsen
"will sober up Republicans who
thought they could hide from the
wrath of the Jews."
Generally, Jews opposed Percy
because he had deviated from his once
straight pro-Israeli policy in recent
years. He has called PLO leader Yassir
Arafat a "relative moderate," told Is-
rael to withdraw to its 1967 borders
and begin talking to the PLO, and
voted to sell F-15 planes to Saudi
Jepsen's return to Washington
was fought by Jews because he had
pulled back almost overnight from ef-
forts to stop the sale of AWACS planes
to Saudi Arabia. He switched, appar-
ently, for political reasons.
Tim Harkin who defeated Jepsen,
"is not one of the greatest friends of
Israel," said a political analyst. He
has a liberal human rights approach to
the West Bank. But the issue here was
to punish Jepsen for his perfidy over
AWACS. And this the Jewish commu-
nity did well."
The success of many candidates
backed by Jewish groups may have re-


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William Pugliana

A former WSU professor
thinks the U.S.
government will be in
for a rough ride when
Klaus Barbie stands
trial in France

Erhard Dabringhaus

flected the general demographics of
the Presidential race. Protestants and
Catholics favored Reagan; Jews heav-
ily favored Mondale.
An exit poll conducted around the
country by the American Jewish Con-
gress indicated that 70 percent of
Jewish voters favored Mondale. The
Democrat garnered 15 percent more of
the Jewish vote than did Jimmy Car-
ter in 1980, while Reagan's share of
the Jewish vote remained stable.
American Jewish Congress analysts
attributed these figures to the Jewish
support in 1980 for independent can-
didate John Anderson. These
normally-Democratic voters returned
to the Democratic fold this year.
The American Jewish Congress
also reported that support for Israel
among Jewish voters remained strong.

Carl Levin beat the coattail affect.

This did not have a significant effect
on their choice for President because
both Mondale and Reagan were per-
ceived as sympathetic to Israel.
More influential were statements
and behavior by black leader Jesse
Jackson and Ronald Reagan's call for
closer ties between government and

Continued on Page 32

Statewide races provided
spark on election night

Staff Writer

While the successful re-election
bid of Michigan's first Jewish Senator,
Carl Levin, took center stage Tuesday,
a number of other races throughout
the state attracted the attention of the
Jewish community.
One of the more startling de-
velopments in an election night that
was largely devoid of surprises was the
fight for the United States Congress in
the state's 15th District, where Nazi
sympathizer Gerald Carlson (R) re-
ceived more than 60,000 votes in his
effort to unseat U.S. Rep. William
Ford (D). Rep. Ford did manage to win
re-election in the heavily Democratic
downriver Detroit district, polling
97,852 votes.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Howard
Wolpe (D-Lansing), who is Jewish, de-
feated Republican Jackie McGregor in
a close race in the state's 3rd District,
which stretches from Lansing to
Kalamazoo. Rep. Wolpe received
about 53 percent of the 200,000 votes
cast. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sil-

jander (R), whose anti-Wolpe letter
urging voters in the 3rd District to
"send another Christian to Congress"
touched off a controversy during the
campaign, won re-election in his own
western Michigan district. Rep. Sil-
jander defeated Democrat Charles

Continued on Page 20

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