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Page Ten


Wednesday, August 4, 1976

Page Ten TI-fE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, August 4, 1 97&

Esch carries Republicans

(Cotmeoed rrm Pate- t
Esch arrised at 10:30 p.m.,
after spending the day in Wash-
ington and the evening at the
home of some friends. Today is
Esch's birthday, and his staff
greeted him with a large red,
white, and hle laver cake with
the frosted inscription "Happy
Birthday Senator Esch."
T I 0 U C H co-sidered fair-
ly liberal be parts standards,
Esch was carefol to emphasize
differences between himself and
the apparent Democratic victor
Donald Riegle. In a short ad-
dress to the crowd of approxi-
matehy 150. Fsch said that he
represented an end to govern-
ment interference, and implied
that his l)-aormcratic opoonent
woald contine a "bloated gov-
"The issue is twhether we're
going to have a government that
fights the people or works for
the people." he said. "As long
as you have a go-ernment of,
by, and for the bureaucrats,
we're going to hase a govern-

ment that doesn't work very
well . . . The l)enocratic party
has not been responsible, and
we need the United States Sen-
ate to blow the whistle on a
bloated government."
While talking in terms that
were of a decidedly traditional-
Republican bent, Fsch made a
bw to his liberal inclinations
ott many issues.
"THERE ARE services we
eight to have," he said. "In
the fields of education, trans-
iortation. jobs, and safety, for
instance - but the problem is
th osernment hasn't been ef-
Whil state party chairman
William MCLaiighlin said as re-
centlv as Friday that he was
"totally and completely neu-
tral" in the race, observers
were confident that Esch held
the hierarchy's favor. In addi-
tion to party support, Each
"osit-irganized everybody," ac-
cording to Oakland County Pro
secttor Brooks Patterson, an
Esch advisor.
MUCH OF THAT organization

came in the form of party fund
raisers which attracted well-to-
do Republicans who have sup-
ported Governor William Milli-
ken and Senator Robert Grif-
fin - both Esch - style office-
holders - in recent years.
Esch received contributions of
$100 to $1,000 (the legal limit)
from automotive executives,
bank executives, and several
other prominent members of
the Michigan business commun-
At his head uiarters, runner-
tip Brennan said he had no
plans for future political cam-
"I'm not at all disappointed,"
said Baker. "It's a matter of
the heart, and remember what
Tennyson said, "Tis better to
have loved and lost than never
to have loved at all'

Riegle wins
(Continued from Page i)
Hotel Ponchartrain last night.
"The mood of this country and
state is one where they want a
leader for constructive change."
THE MOOD at the Austin
"victory party" in the Grand
Ballroom of the Detroit Cadillac
Ilotel was solemn by comparis-
"It seems as though the peu-
ple of Michigan have made
their choice," a gloomy Austin
told his sparse gathering of sup-
porters. "I can't say I'm happy
about their decision, but I want
publicly to congratulate, Don
Riegle for having emerged as
the Democratic nominee. I ac-
cept that verdict."
Conceding late last night, a
bitter O'Hara told a crowd of
175 supporters in suburban

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(Continued from'age )
three drawing - significant at-
tention in the race.
On the Republican side, Pur-
sell appeared to have won the
race, claiming a 6-to-I margin
in Wayne County. But Wash-
tenaw County proved to be de-
cisive, as Pursell's analysts had
predicted. Hoping to receive
just 30 per cent in opponent
Trowbridge's home area (in-
cluding Ann Arbor, where Trow-
bridge is a City Councilman),
Pursell instead received 35 per
WHILE admitting that the
Washtenaw vote was a sur-
prise, he never thought the
race was much in question,
Said Pursell, "We were 6-to-1 in
Wayne County, and we ran
ahead of him in Monroe. With a
strong Washtenaw vote, he had
just too much to make up,"
Pursell, a two-term state sen-
ator from Livonia, ran a some-
what less aggressive campaign
than his opponent. He empha-
sized his record of public ser-
vice, while attacking Trow-

bridge's lack of experience and
admittedly conservative view-
point. Pursell depicted Trow-
bridge as a can't-win, right-
wing candidate whose appeal
would be too limited to unite
voters behind him in Novem-
Characterizing himself as a
problem-solving moderate, the
Livonia attorney emphasized
his Resource Recovery Act and
labelled himself a "legislator in
the Each mold."
TROWBRIDGE, who referred
to himself as the "third most
articulate conservative in the
country after W illia m and
James Buckley," faced an up-
hill fight from the start. He
attacked Pursell's supposed "lib-
eral" record, including Pur-
sell's alleged support of,the Sin-
gle Business Tax and an en-
dorsement from the AFL-CIO
which Trowbridge c l a i m e d
proved that Pursell was exces-
sively pro-labor.
Commenting on his apparent
defeat, Trowbridge stated, "My
main problem was that I was
not able to do well in his area-

De race
Southfield that the pre-election
polls had seriously damaged his
campaign and were the primary
reason for his downfall, as well
as Austin's and Elsman's.
"THE POLLS damaged our
campaign and it was hard to get
across to the public, who are
used to accepting polls, that they
were totally worthless."
Elsian, considered the spoil-
er by many because of the ap-
parent damage he inflicted upon
Austin with revelations of the
secretary's branch manager pat-
ronage system, said "We've
picked our strongest man to
beat the Republicans.
"I'm kind of sad about nick
Austin," he added. "He's a real
gentlemati of a man."
Wayne County . . . Washtenaw
and Monroe we pretty much
tied. I needed to break off a
bigger chunkbinehis territory.
That's the problem with run-
ning against somebody who's
been an incumbent for six
years. I just couldn't make up
that six-year advantage."
Trowbridge added that he
could fully support Pursell, es-
pecially in view of the fact that
Pierce appeared to be the Dem-
ocratic nominee.
When asked about running
against Pierce, Pursell replied,
"Well, I think it's going to be
one of the toughest races, but
I'm confident. He's a good can-
didate. We're going to differ on
the issues, but we have a lot of
personal respect for each other,
I have no personal grudges
against him."
sheriff spots
(Continued from Page 31
gone and we can run a cam-
paign on the issues," Postill
In the Republican race, re-
tired state police commander
Fay Johnson emerged the early
leader and by ten-thirty had de-
clared himself the victor. Sev-
eral of the minor candidates
conceded by phone to Johnson,
who said that he planned to
"call Minick around two a.m.
to declare victory"
Hosting a victory campaign
party at Weber's Inn, Johnson
said, "The people of Washte-
naw County want a mature
professional to head their sher-
iff's department; someone com-
passionate and understanding
who can cope with everyday
Minick jumped into the lead and
remained there, defeating John-
son by a near two-to-one mar-
Minick could not be reached
for comment.

Mo. candidlate killed
The death in a plane crash of f r a m Chillicothe airport en
a U.S. Senate candidate from route for Kansas City, authori-
Missouri marred primary elec- ties said.
tion in that state. The Department of Public
Rep. Jerry Litton, 39, who had Safety said Litton's wife and
taken an early lead in his state's two children were also killed in
Democratic S e n a t e primary, the crash along with the pilot
was killed when his light plane and an unidentified campaign
crashed shortly after takeoff aide.

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