The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 3, 1978-Page 9
ANYONE WHO ENTERS a political
race with more than a 30 percentage
point lead, as Carl Levin did, is bound to
have problems. While everyone else has
nowhere to go except up, the man on the
top can only go down.
The former Detroit City Council
president, who had the highest name
recognition due to his brother Sander's
two attempts to become governor, has
faced the gradual erosion of his Detroit
power base. State Senator Anthony
Derezinski (D-Muskegon) has pulled away
some of the Slavic ethnic vote. Former
U.S. Rep. Richard VanderVeen has attrac-
ted a portion of the Detroit black vote with
assistance from black Mayor Coleman
Ann Arbor newspaper publisher Philip
Power, who has spent about $700,000 of his
own money on the camnaign. has been en-
dorsed by the Detroit Black Slate. Both
Power and State Rep. Paul Rosenbaum
are doing their best to steal away from
Levin the white suburban vote in Oakland
LEVIN, A Swarthmore and Harvard
Law School graduate, has been criticized
by his opponents for inactivity. They have
charged that Levin has been tight-lipped
about the issues for fear that he would lose
votes everytime he spoke.
But during an extensive interview Levin
was anything but evasive. In fact, Levin
generally gave more direct answers than
most of his opponents.
Levin's style is casual. Though not an
outstanding public speaker, he gets his
point across in a clear, concise fashion
without boring his audience. In a small
group or with one person, Levin is relaxed,
and jovial. Levin's manner makes it easy
for people to relate to Levin as if he were
an old friend.
LEVIN HAS BEEN criticized for oc-
casionally arriving at speaking
engagements or fund raisers several hours
late. This seems to be true, but it is not due
to lack of trying. Levin is the only can-
didate in the Senate race who does his own
driving. While his opponents use the time
between engagements to rest or read,
Levin says he prefers to drive, calling it
"therapeutic." Levin drove a taxi in
Detroit 'during the summers back in his
After college, Levin practiced law for a
few years before he was appointed
assistant attorney general and general
counsel for the Michigan Civil Rights
Commission. In 1968 and 1969 he served as
Michigan special assistant attorney
general and as chief appellate defender
See LEVIN, Page 12
Onounced his at least one day with each of the Senate
aled everyone hopefuls.
and decided to Editor's note: The Daily made several
the high ponts unsuccessful attempts to spend a day with
paign. Robert Griffin and Brooks Patterson.
ag for media However, Patterson did grant the Daily a
apathetic than 20-minute interview.
P HILLIP POWER IS a soft-spoken man who enjoys
the comfort of well-worn Levis and a denim shirt
in the privacy of his home. But despite his gentle man-
ner, Power wields a big stick-Power has estimated
his personal wealth to be between $7 and $17 million.
His wife Sarah is also worth between $1 and $2 million.
In his quest for the Democratic nomination for the
U.S. Senate, Power has been anything but shy about
using that stick. As of July 28, he had either given or
lent $691,546 to his campaign. He has collected an ad-
ditional $73,134 from other sources. Collectively, his
opponents have raised only $632,854. Only one person in
U.S. political history has ever come close to spending
that much money on a primary campaign, Sen. H. John
Heinz (R-Pa.)-and he won.
Both the press and the electorate have been talking
about Power's fortune and the way he's using it in this
race. Even his Democratic opponents are hard pressed
not to tease Power with light jokes or guarded com-
ments about buying elections.
BUT ASIDE FROM his fortune, Power brings a
remarkably diverse background into this offrelection-
year primary. Though he has never been acandidate
for public office, Power's credentials are nevertheless
impressive. He graduated summa cum laude from the
University in 1960, did a year of graduate work here,
then studied at Oxford, England where he received a
BA and MA in philosophy, politics and economics.
When he returned from England in 1964 he went to
Washington, D.C. to work with Congressman Paul
Todd (D-Kalamazoo). In 1968, Power dipped into the
family fortune, greatly enhanced by his father's sale of
University Microfilm to Xerox Corporation, to buy
several bi-weekly, community newspapers. From
these Power built a highly successful chain of 28 com-
Power often refers to himself as a "newsman," and
his biography supports that claim. But his critics say
his only claim to the "newsman" moniker was a one-
year stint as the Sports Editor of the Fairbanks, Alaska
POWER ALSO LIKES to say he was a foreign
correspondent. His biography states he was actually a
See POWER, Page 13
in Patterson rower
ALTHOUGH PHILIP POWER and Carl blacks, VanderVeen is expected to do well proves heis an independent man.
Levn ae ot xatlyshain inthi western Michigan where" he is well SECOND,. VANDERVEEN said he was
Levin are not exactly shaking in their nwsen1ihgnweeh swl elected in a staunch Republican district.
boots, fellow candidate Richard Vander- fnownfor filling the seat vacated by e a staunsR a disrit.
Vehashwbohmntathraefr Gerald Ford. He says this demonstrates his ability to
Veen has shown both men that the race for VanderVeen is particularly proud of that defeata Republican on his own ground.
the Democratic nomination for U.S. accomplishment. He won a special elec- VanderVeen also has the advantage of a
Senate is not a just a two-man contest. tion in 1974-the first Democrat to capture proven congressional record on national
While Power has backed his candidacy and international issues. On the basis of
with more than $600,000 and Levin has the that seat in 64 years-and filled the vacan- that record, he has received high ratings
advantage of state-wide name recognition cy created when Ford became Vice for his congressional performance from
formr US. Rp. ande~ee hascolec- President.
former U.S. Rep. VanderVeen has collec- Vr e the League of Women Voters, the United
ted the most broad-based and important VanderVeen likes to use that election to Workers and the AFL-CIO
illustrate several gualities he feels makes
endorsements in the primary. He ranks third among the Senate can-
The 55 year-old VanderVeen has been h the s ab c t s didates in fund raising. The most recent
backed by the Michigan Education pose incumbent Sen. Robert Griffin. First figures show VanderVeen has raised
Association and by the Detroit Free Press. VanderVeen points out that he ran his figures s e nt as1raise
Ani bhtmyuliaeypoems campaign during the Watergate hearings. $156,337. He has spent $152,195.
And, in what may ultimately prove most cmag um h aegt erns VANDERVEEN a Harvard Law School,
beneficial to Power, VanderVeen has been He said despite the advice of Democratic VADuEVEEs a H r Lwy Sool
able to cut into Levin's Detroit power-base party leaders, he ran on an anti-Nix port U.S Ambassador to the United
frt slckbehind c enea s ss a. of e Nations Andrew Young-the subject of a
IN ADDITION TO his support fr 1< tie 1974 general - 1a .. Ths he said, .See VANDERVEENPage12.VanderVeen . , ..