The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 1, 1979-Page 7
SAYS PURSELL BEATABLE IN 1980
Bullard mayrun for Congress
THE WESTERN AIRLINES DC-10 crash left a trail of debris yesterday on top of a slum area about a quarter mile from
Mexico City Airport. The FAA and other officials have begun investigations to determine the cause of the crash.
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"confirm that the pilot was authorized
to use runway No. 23-Right, which is in
In Los Angeles, Western Vice
President Ray Silvius said it still wasn't
known if the pilot "was attempting to
:land on the wrong runway, or was just
over there. We have no confirmation
THE PLANE careened out of control,
first striking a construction building
and then an Eastern Airlines main-
tenance building, the Mexican
One of the DC-10's three turbines
came to rest intact near a fence about
900 feet from the rest of the wreckage
near a slum housing area, witnesses
The ground near the crash was
strewn with pieces of the wreckage.
Mangled bodies were recovered as far
.away as 100 feet from the building
which the plane finally hit.
"AROUND THREE or four minutes
before we were landing, there was a lot
of fog around the place and the airplane
sort of rattled up a bit and about a half
a minute later, it just went flat," said
Pedro Jose Ruiz, a surviving passenger
who said he escaped by jumping from a
gaping hole near the wing.
"Inside the plane there was a lot of
fire and a lot of dead people. .. The
seats were right on top of one another
and the plane was cracked open," he
McDonnell Douglas sent its own team
of investigators from its Long Beach,
Calif., assembly facility, to aid in the
crash investigation. McDonnell
Douglas spokesman Harry Calkins said
top engineers and technicians met "to
pool their information and decide on the
form our investigation will take." He
said there was no information available
on the cause of the crash.
IN LOS ANGELES, Linda Dozier,
director of public relations for Western
Airlines, said the plane was a substitute
for another DC-10 scheduled for Flight
605 which was grounded for routine
The airport is located on Mexico
City's outskirts, where there is a
population of more than one million in
an immediate 20-square block area.
The airport was closed for about four
hours after the 6:40 a.m. crash. Flights
resumed in late morning.
Manuel Bustamante, a spokesman
for the Mexican Civil Aviation Ad-
ministration, refused to speculate on
the cause of the crash. Airport control
tower operators would not talk to repor-
Two other DC-10 jetliners developed
engine problems shortly after takeoff
from West Coast airports within a 24-
hour period and both turned back- and
landed safely, officials said.
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yes," he said.
Bullard's statement sounded closer to
a campaign announcement than any of
his previous non-committal
declarations, but it did not come as a
surprise to many local Democrats.
Perceived as a viable contender, the
Ann Arbor representative's name has
come up often in the rumor mill
surrounding next year's contest.
Councilwoman Susan Greenberg (D-
First Ward) is one of those who have
heard recent rumblings about a poten-
tial Bullard candidacy.
"I HAVE HEARD people talking
about Perry, and how he would be a
good candidate for the party. I think
he'll run now that Kennedy has
declared," said Greenberg.
The Kennedy factor is a key one
because if he were to win the
Democratic nomination, many party
observers believe more Democrats
would turn up at the polls. And only
with a higher voter turnout, many
Democrats - including Bullard -
believe, can a Democratic candidate
hope to unseat the popular Pursell.
"It's very important how area
Democrats perceive the party's chan-
ces nationally in 1980. If people think it
will be a Democratic year, then I think
my chances would improve. And with
Kennedy as the nominee, so would the
chances of the Democratic party in
1980," Bullard said.
IN ADDITION to the local view of the
presidential contest, the state represen-
tative said it is also important how he is
seen in the eyes of local voters. To
determine the district's perception of
Bullard, who has served almost seven
tears in Lansing, and his platform, he
said his staff has prepared a question-
naire for voters in Washtenaw, Livonia,
and Monroe Counties, which make up
the Second Congressional District.
The survey results will be a major
factor in determining whether he will
run against Pursell in 1980, Bullard
Another key factor - as is usual in
most campaigns - is money. Bullard
said he has been talking with a lot of
local Democrats to evaluate his chan-
ces and to speculate whether he could
raise enough cash to wage a strong
WHILE HE WENT to great pains to
stress he is still only "considering"
running for Congress, Bullard did make
it clear he could beat the incumbent.
"If you take a look and see how close
it was in 1976 - when Pursell beat
Democrat Ed Pierce by only 236 votes
- you realize that this man is far from
unbeatable. And I think I can beat
him," said Bullard.
Greenberg, however, offered a more
cautious appraisal of the 37-year-old
"HE'L L DO well in Washtenaw Coun-
ty, but I have no feeling about how well
he would do in Livonia and Monroe
counties," she said. Those two counties
contain more Republican voters and
pushed Pursell over the top in 1976.
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2 mayor heads local
Connally for president
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'fidence that goes with being around the
federal government for a long time."
Connally was governor of Texas in
the early sixties, and served as
Secretary of the Navy under President
Johnson and Secretary of the Treasury
under President Nixon. He switched
from the Democratic to the Republican
Party in 1973.
CONNALLY IS A friend of business,
favoring , tax cuts, construction of
nuclear power plants, and the loosening
of federal pollution standards to allow
more use of coal.
Stephenson said critics of Connally
think "he's a wheeler dealer. He was in
Washington at, the time of the
Watergate scandal, and he's a crook
because he took money from the milk
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contract that provides an estimated
'$403 million in savings to the automaker
,ecause of UAW concessions on wages
Robert White, vice president and
Canadian director of the UAW, said he
thought there had been seven dissents
in the show of hands vote in a closed
meeting of 256 officers from 184 locals
in 71 plants in the United States and
The contract, which also gives Fraser
a seat on Chrysler's board of directors,
must be ratified by the company's
110,000 UAW-represented workers.
In 1974 Connally was tried and acquit-
ted for taking a bribe from a Texas
dairy cooperative in return for lobbying
to increase federal price supports to the
STEPHENSON yesterday defended
Connally, saying that the testimony in
the milk trial came from one man, and
furthermore, the trial itself took place
in a hostile post-Watergate, Washington
Stephenson called Connally's
wheeler-dealer image "simply another
name for being a skilled negotiator and
I don't find that to.be a drawback to the
But a random sampling of ten city
and county Republican organization
workers and elected officials showed
that most supported former United
Nations ambassador and Central In-
telligence Agency director George
Bush, with Senate Minority Leader
Howard Baker also mentioned.,
MANY OF THOSE surveyed said
Connally, along with Ronald Reagan,
was too far to the right for the moderate
Republicans of Ann Arbor and
"My choice without any hesitation is
George Bush," Republican First Ward
Chairman and LSA senior David Jaye
said yesterday. Bush is "a leader, an
articulate speaker, and he's also a
moderate," Jaye said.
Although City Council member Louis
Senunas (R-Third Ward) said he was
undecided, his two favorites were Bush
and Baker. Senunas said he liked Baker
"because of the positions he takes on
issues" as Senate Minority leader.
"There doesn't seem to be a concen-
sus at all," Mayor Louis Belcher, a
Bush supporter, said yesterday. "I
guess Connally's very popular in some
circles," he added.
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