Wednesday, October 23, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Happy's aunt to wed gigolo? Study shows incumbents far
LLAY, Wales (P) - Insisting "When she sees the way the a
"I'm no gigolo," a 29-year-old story has been blown up here,
coal miner's son says he is en Ianything could happen. Thisu
gaged to marry the elderly mil- publicity could blow the whole WASHINGTON (P) - Incum- and GOP senators were ieceiv In 1972, incumbents outdr
lionaire aunt of Nelson Rocke- thing. Its been made to ook bent officeholders are raising ing an average of three times challengers two-to-one.
fellers wife Happy. like some sort of fairy tale - & three times as much money as as much as their opp)saion. "It would apear at this st
B t Michael Wilson. who was fantasyy , their challengers this yearbut Repnublican challengers. ?w- hn ib 19741
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a butler in Florida when he met
Rachel Fitler, said yesterday
he feared a publicity blaze in
Britain over his announcement
could "blow the whole thing."
A ONETIME choir boy, Wil-
son said he had planned to tele-
phone Fitler at her home in an
exclusive Philadelphia suburb to
explain the press reports but
then decided not to do so "until
the heat is off."
He said: "I think by now that
if she had anything to say she
would have telephoned me. I
think I'll leave it for a couple of The bride ...
Police prevented newsmen correct, but I just don't know.",
from entering the estate of Miss Fitler and Ms. Rockefeller,
Fitler, and two German shep- whose name is Margaretta but
herds patrolled the grounds. She who is known as Happy, are
would not answer telephoned .n- joint heiresses to a fortune val-
quiries.uel in 1931 at more than $8 mil-
lion. Reports of her personal
A ennv'. . i staff said she is at least 80.
A PUOKEShEUSN for Rocke-
feller, the Gerald Ford's vice
president-designate, said: "I
heard such a story was coming
from Wales. I don't know any-
thing about it. I think it may be
There also were conflicting re-
ports on how the announcement
was made. One version was that
Wilson placed an announcement,
with Fitler's approval, in a
... the groom?
small Welsh paper. Another was
that Fitler first announced the
engagement in an unidentified
Philadelphia paper on an un-
SEVERAL British newspapers
reported that Fitler, who nev-
er has been married, confirmed
her plans to wed, the husky
Welshman. The Daily Mail said
she told its reporter in her 35-
room mansion: "It was Mich-
ael's idea to get married, anid I
guess I just decided to go along
with it." A photographer for t!he
Daily Express said she refused
obe photographed, sayirg:
"ou can take them at 'the
At his parent's modest house
in a government housing projectI
at Llay, Wilson told new.imen:
She could easily get the wrong
impression from what she sees
THERE WAS "a little oposi-
tion" to the wedding plans from
Fitler's legal and inancial ad-
visers, who "probably thought I
was after her money." Wilson
said. "I must say it crossed my
mind once in a while, but that
isn't why I am marrying her."
Front pages of British papers
featured photos of Wilson, clad
in pajamas, smiling broadly
Monday and toasting his future
with a cup of tea. He told news-
men: "I'm no gigolo. I don't
bow and scrape to her. I think
she likes me because she re-
He said he met Fitler while
working at the fashionable
Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach,
Fla., and that the romance blos-
somed gradually. He became
and they became engaged I a s t
May, Wilson said.
"WE HAVE the same things
in mind and formed an affec-
tion for one another," he said.
"'I feel very secure and at ease
with her.'She is a very beauti-
Wilson said they planned to
marry in the United States
around Christmas, poss)ly in
total contributions to congres-
sional candidates are lower than
in 1972, Common Cause report-
The citizens' lobby also said
it found that such special inter-
est groups as labor unions and
business organizations were
playing a much larger financial
role than they did two years
IN A STUDY of candidates'
campaign spending reports,
Common Cause said that Demo-
cratic candidates for contested
seats - including incumbents
and non-incumbents - had re-
ceived more than $22 million by
Sept. 1. Their Republican op-
ponents had been given slightly
more than $16 million. That was
a reversal of the 1972 pattern,
when Republicans led Demo-
The organization said t h e
change was an effect of Water-
"The figures demonstrate the
Republicans were seriously hurt
by Watergate when it comes to
fund raising," said Fred Wert-
heimerrCommon Cause's legis-
BUT THE organization also
said Republican engressmen
were being given twice aa much
as their Democratic c'iallerigers
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no incumbent was running,
Democrats were subs0antially
outdrawing Republicans in both
A Democratic Nrational Com-
mittee staff member said re-
cently that if Dmx'atic chal-
lengers received as much money
as their Republican incumbentr
opponents, the Democrats would1
gain 60 or 70 seats in the1
WERTHEIMER said total
funding up to Sept. 1 was $40
million, with $24 million going
to incumbents, $8 million to
challengers, and $8 million to1
candidates where no incumbent1
t at conra utons L9;4 t . con-
gressional candidates are sub-
stantially lower than :hey were
in 1972," he said at a news
COMMON CAUSE'S study
found that 80 per cent of theI
money contributed by the .spec-
ial interest groups was going
to incumbents, up from 66 per
cent two years ago.
The groups have given fed-
eral candidates $5,5 million,
holding an additional $14 ml-
lion for possible future dona-
tions. Democrats have received
$3.9 million from the groups and
Republicans $1.6 milli mi.
"Special interest groups focus
all their money on incumbents
because they hold power," Wert-
heimer said. "Challengers just
don't get the money they need."
Kissinger heads for
Moscow to explore
chances of detente
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Volume LXXXV, No. 42
Wednesday, October 23, 1974
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WASHINGTON (A) - On his
latest mission to Moscow, Sec-
retary of State Henry Kissinger
will test Soviet interest in pro-
moting detente with the new
Ford administration through ser-
ious nuclear arms negotiations.
The trip - which will also
take Kissinger to the Indian
isubcontinent, Eastern Europe
and probably the Middle East
and T-key - may clarify Sov-
iet intentions in the Arab-Israeli
dispute Rand set up a Novem-
ber "quickie" summit between
President Ford and Soviet lead-
er Leonid Brezhnev.
IN INDIA, Kissinger will of-
ficiate at the formation of a
commission to promote trade,
culture and technology with the
United States. In Pakistan, he
will be pressed for a resumption
of arms sales.
In Iran, the secretary will as-
sess the Shah's influence in eas-
ing the impact of quadrupled oil
prices. In Rome, he is stated to
make a major address on U.S.
Kissinger's departure for Mos-
cow was scheduled for late last
KISSINGER will be away
three weeks if his itinerary, as
expected winds into the Middle
East and Turkey, as expected.
He is awaiting completion early
next week of the Arab summit
conference in Rabat, Morocco,
to decide whether the timing is
appropriate to attempt direct
mediation between the Arab
states and Israel.
A stop in Ankara would give
Kissinger an opportunity to try
to speed a Cyprus settlement
and soothe feelings in the wake
of congressional restraint on
military aid to Turkey.
With the change in the White
House, the Soviets are known
to be taking a second look at
the detente policy pursued dur-
ing Richard M. Nixon's 5%
years as president.
THE MOMENTUM behind de-
tente, which began to slacken
amid domestic controversy over
Watergate, will now have to pick
up if the United States and Rus-
sia are to agree on a new treaty
limiting offensive nuclear weap-
in the papers. How doy
Brezhnev declared at an East plain something like th
German rally earlier this month might call it off now.
that the Soviet Union was pre-
pared to take additional steps to
curb the arms race. Kissinger's
mission is to determine whether
the public offer was made large-
ly for propaganda purposes or is:
backed by serious intentions.
Privately, some top U.S. offic-
ials have suggested that con-
gressional challenges to Kis-
singer's authority over foreign
affairs and Soviet uncertainty
that Ford will be re-elected in
1976 are causing the Kremlin to
re-evaluate relations with Wash-
KISSINGER'S task may have
been eased in recent days by
the compromise with Congress
clearing the way for Soviet
trade benefits in exchange for a
liberalized emigration policy,
as well as a second comprom-
ise on selling American grain
Nixon and Brezhnev pledged
at last summer's summit meet-
ing in Moscow to try to com-
plete a 10-year treaty limiting
offensive nuclear weapons "at S
the earliest possible date.
They also signed a pact to halt To registe
underground weapons tests with
an explosive force of more than
150 kilotons beginning March 31, There wi
1976 and to set up a visit by
Brezhnev to Washington early a Del
If Kissinger arranges a Ford-
Brezhnev meeting it will pro-
bably be held in the Soviet Far
East port city of Vladivosok.
around Thanksgiving, immed-
iately after the President's trip
to Japan and South Korea.
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