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January 24, 2003 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-01-24

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from page 69

standing, sensitive individual and I'm
a better congressman because of my
friendship with him."

Perspective and Praises

if there's an effort being made to help
the area or help the state — and this is
true about the whole delegation — we
can always depend on everyone corn-
ing together," he said.
The most glowing remarks and the
most telling come from Carolyn
Hadgikosti, 24, a staff member in
Sandy's office.
Originally from Roseville, she grad-
uated from Miami University in Ohio
in May 2001 and started work two
weeks before Sept. 11.
"My parents really didn't want me to
come to Washington. They were very
strict traditionalists and it was my first
big move," said Hadgikosti, who was
the newest member of the staff and
whose duties included opening the
mail. First came 9-11, followed by the
anthrax scare. She was put on the
antibiotic, Cipro.
"He called my parents when they
put me on medication so they felt

Growing up, Carl and Sandy had seven
aunts and uncles from the Levin side.
Of the 23 first cousins, 20 have sur-
vived, and they treat each other like
brother and sister.
"The family is big, so we don't need
excuses just to get together," said James
Grossman, a first cousin from
Farmington Hills who came for the
swearing-in ceremony. "There are eno
weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events
that happen a couple of times a year. It's a
fun family to be a part of."
The feeling of family extends to staff
and colleagues alike.
Hilarie Chambers, Sandy's press secre-
tary since 1991, compared the brothers.
"Sandy might be more open, but
Carl's funnier, which is dis-
arming," said Chambers, who
worked on Carl's campaign in
1 990.
She says their intelligence
and preparedness on the issues
and upcoming bills are some
of their biggest strengths.
"They both really know the
details," she said. "Having that
substantive knowledge frees you
up to understand the big pic-
ture and to think strategically."
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the
unior senator from
Carl and Barbara speak with Sen. John Warner.
Michigan, calls the brothers
"generous spirits."
"They are highly respected members right with everything," she said. "He
and set the bar on integrity and intelli- always plays that kind of role towards
gence," said Stabenow, who served
all of us — as a grandfather."
with Sandy in the U.S. House from
"I'm idealistic. I was so excited to come
out here and work," she said. "Everybody
"People look to Sandy on trade
told me that it wasn't going to last once I
issues and tax and social security. He is saw how things really work.
always somebody people knew would
"It has lasted because I see how he
be extremely well prepared and knowl- operates. He's hardworking, he knows
edgeable," she said. "The same is true
the issues inside and out and is compas-
with Carl. On the Senate Armed
sionate about the people back home."
Services Committee, Carl really is the
The brothers show no signs of slow-
expert. People look to him not only
ing down, and even if they were think-
for his knowledge, but for his judg-
ing about it, it would be politically
ment on very difficult issues."
foolish to say so.
She said her staff talks with Carl's
"You must have the coolest job in
staff on a daily basis.
he world," writes an autograph-seek-
"We have joint stationery we use for i ng student on the "Kid's Corner" dis-
grant announcements and other
played on a Carl's waiting room wall.
things, which may be a first for sena-
"The kid's right," said Carl, eyes
tors," she said.
twinkling, "and he's described it a lot
U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenherg, R-
more succinctly than I ever could." ❑
Bloomfield Twp., said Sandy reaches
across the aisle when it comes to
For a photo gallery of the Levin brothers
in Washington, check out the JN Online
"One thing we can always count on,
Web site, www.detroiewishnews.com

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