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The Michigan Daily--Wednesday, August 9, 1978--Page 5

Griffin faces Levin in Nov.

(Continued from Page 1)
didacy last November. But through an
extensive television and radiq blitz he
was able to effectively challenge Levin
on his home territory of Detroit.
A HIGH SPOT in Levin's campaign
was when he picked up an endorsement
from Jane Hart, widow of the late Sen.
Phil Hart. Levin was also endorsed by
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor) and Georgia State Rep. Julian,
Bond, who rose to national prominence
during the 1972 Democratic National
Convention.
During thew campaign, Levin's op-
ponents claimed that he remained
tight-lipped and inactive for fear of
losing the wide lead polls showed he
maintained from the start of the race.
Polls gave the Swarthmore and Har-
vard Law School graduate more than a
30 percentage point lead when he en-
tered the race.
Levin was also criticized by opponen-
ts for having experience only on the city
level. They said as a senator he would
have difficulty understanding problems
of small towns and farming com-
munities.
BUT LEVIN stressed that his
dealings with federal programs while
on the Detroit City Council could be ap-
plied on state and national levels.
While on the City Council, Levin ex-
posed HUD red-lining practices, spon-
sored an ordinance providing man-
datory jail sentence for city gun law
violators, and sponsored an ordinance
prohibiting discrimination against the

handicapped, in addition to numerous
other activities.
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CARL LEVIN CAPTURED the Democratic Senate nomination in yesterday's
primary election. Levin will face incumbent Republican Robert Griffin in the
November general election.

Dems give Fitzgerald
gubernatorial nod

(Continuedfrom Paget)
missed. We cannot let that continue."
In his speech, Fitzgerald voiced a
mild attack at Milliken's handling of
the recent PBB and Plymouth Center
scandals, claiming, "Opportunities to
deal with disasters that have
threatened public health and safety
have been missed.
"We are not going to accuse the
governor of being personally respon-
sible for everything that's gone wrong
in Michigan for the last ten years. But
we are not going to let him claim credit
for everything that's gone right either.
We are going to hold him to a higher
standard," said the bachelor Fitzgerald
who was accompanied on the podium
by his mother.
FITZGERALD LED his Democratic
opponents in campaign funds, pumping
$600,000 into the primary effort. He
utilized the money in a flashy television
advertising display primarily concen-
trated in the Detroit area where 200,000
of the anticipated 750,000 votes were
expected.
Fitzgerald's name is not unfamiliar
in Michigan politics. His father and un-
cle were both members of the state
legislature. Fitzgerald has been likened
to Kennedys, not for his politics
necessarily, but because he is young,
Irish, Catholic and generally presents
an all-American image.
Throughout the orimary campaign,

economy and luring business concerns
candidate with a chance against the to the state through aggressive
two-term incumbent in November. recruitment and tax breaks.
THE SINGLE-TERM state Senator
endorses the Headlee tax-limitation FITZGERALD had maintained a
amendment although with reser- firm grip on a massive campaign or-
vations. Milliken came out in favor of ganization throughout the primary,
the tax reform proposal last Friday. with offices in every major Michigan
Fitzgerald has said he sees flaws in city.
the Headlee proposal but that he feels In 1971, Fitzgerald was elected to the
they can be resolved in the courts. He, state House of Representatives, where
has questioned the amendment's he chaired the committee on Economic
possible effects on the state's ability to Development. He was re-elected in
borrow money, and on local gover- 1972, and in 1974 the voters sent him to
nments' ability to grant tax incentives the state Senate representing
to attract new business and industry. Michigan's First District. He served as
Fitzgerald's campaign focused on the majority leader for two years, the
issue of revamping Michigan's youngest ever to hold that position.
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