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U. S. H O U'S E
Pursell, Mc Cauley trade attacks

S T A T E HOU

Bulard broadens

By LilyEng
With less than a week to go in their
campaigns, both Rep. Carl Pursell and
challenger Michael McCauley are
trading accusations of incompetence as
they battle for the right to represent the
2nd Congressional District.
The Republican incumbent, Pursell,
says McCauley, a Plymouth-Canton
High School teacher, is "un-informed in
many of the issues and does not do his
homework."
On the other hand, Democrat Mc-
Cauley frequently calls Pursell's eight
years as a representative "horrible"
and full of contradictions.
"Watching Pursell is like watching a
tennis match. He is the ball going back
and forth. We don't know what he
believes in," McCauley said.
McCauley, 35, cites many examples
of Pursell's voting record. He thinks
Pursell's voting record is contradictory
and is not representative of the 2nd
Congressional District, which includes
most of Washtenaw County and extends
into parts of Hillsdale and Jackson
counties.
"Carl says he's a friend of the
teachers but he votes against $18 billion
worth of educational packages," Mc-
Cauley said.
Pursell seems not to take McCauley's
attacks too seriously. William Kerans,
Pursell's press secretary, said Mc-

Cauley is "being ridiculous".
"No one has done more to help out his
own district," Kerans said, pointing to
two federal grants which Pursell helped
obtain to help Jackson's high unem-
ployment rate. One provides a job
training program for the unemployed in
Jackson Community College, and the
other grant is a loan fund to encourage
new business in Jackson.
McCauley, however, is not satisfied
with Pursell's performance. Saying his
job is to analyze Pursell, McCauley
maintains that Pursell keeps changing
his votes.
"One minute he says he's opposed to
the federal budget deficit. But he votes
to spend more money by raising the
$1.57 trillion ceiling." McCauley said.
Kerans dismisses McCauley's
statements as "political rhetoric" and
stresses that a public official has to be
flexible. "Carl has approached issues
in an honest way and continues to do so.
He studies the facts and if conditions
change, his opinions will have to
change," Kerans said.
Both candidates reject Proposal C,
which will enable Michigan voters to
vote on state taxation if passed. Mc-
Cauley says Proposal C will ruin
Michigan. "It will hurt our schools. It's
a big mistake," he said.
Pursell agrees and said the proposal
is too complex and cumbersome.
"Proposal C sends a message to the
state of Michigan to restrain in spen-
ding. But let the elective legislators
decide that," Pursell said.
The two candidates disagree on the
Nuclear Free Ann Arbor proposal.
Pursell stoutly opposes it. "I think it's
unconstitutional. I am supportive of
academic freedom. There are better
ways to oppose nuclear weapons than a
local ordinance," Pursell said
McCauley is in favor of the plan,
which would ban nuclear research in
the city. Asserting that the ban would
put Ann Arbor in the nation's spotlight,
McCauley said that this country needs
to focus on nuclear weapons. "Rather
than increase hardware, we want to tell
America to stop. No other town has
such a.proposal," McCauley said.
A Plymouth resident, McCauley is
extremely outgoing and handy with
statistical information. He graduated
from Michigan State University and
earned his masters at Eastern
Michigan University. He is presently
enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the

University of Michigan.
Frequently nicknaming his opponent
"Chicken Carl" and "MX Carl", Mc-
Cauley is full of one liners and quips:
"For halloween, Pursell dressed up as
an MX missile." But. he professes a
genuinely affected concern by the
plight of lower income families.
"We need to feed babies in Detroit
where there is one of the biggest infant
mortality rates in the country, and
reduce poverty," McCauley stressed.
McCauley barely won the
Democratic primary in August, beating
opponent Donald Grimes by under 300
votes. But McCauley said the primary
only hurt his pocketbook and his
waistline. "I lost 20 lbs. from the elec-
tion running from door-to-door," Mc-
Cauley recalls.
While planning to be "the initiator" if
he wins, McCauley is not afraid of being
the underdog in the race. "It's time to
give Pursell a vacation," McCauley
said.
Pursell also hails from Plymouth.
Less boisterous than his opponent, Pur-
sell is relying on his experience and
past leadership to get re-elected. A
member of the House Appropiations
Committee he stresses his experience.
While guest lecturing a political
science class at the University, Pursell
compared his first time experience in
Congress recently and his present
situation to a freshman in college and a
graduate student. "It's like night and
day when you have seniority in
Congress," said the four-time incum-
bent who served six terms as a state
Senator from 1971-1976.
While McCauley and Pursell are ac-
tively pursuing each other's views, two
other candidates are also running in the
2nd Congressional District: James
Hudler, the Libertarian Party can-
didate, and Greg Severance of the Tisch
Party. Hudler is running in hopes of
educating people about his party. The
Libertarians oppose government in-
volvement in people's lives. Although
Hudler admits he has slim chances of
winning, he said that the Libertarians
have always done well in Ann Arbor
and the rest of the 2nd District. "The
Libertarians make other parties think.
A voice is better than nothing at all,"
Hudler explains.
Severance could not be reached for
an interview.

Purse/l
... offers experience

By Thomas Hrach
AS Perry Bullard prepares for his
sixth defense of his seat as state House
representative from the 53rd district,
he finds himself campaigning just as
much for Walter Mondale and the
Nuclear-Free Ann Arbor proposal as
his own reelection. The 41-year-old
Democrat has been highly visible in the
last few weeks sponsoring films on
campus and speaking out for the
nuclear research ban.
Though Bullard is best known for his
chairmanship of the influential House
Judiciary Committee, he feels his
presence is necessary to stop the
"irrational tax cutters" who have
"poisoned the state legislature.''
Bullard's opponent this time around,
perennial candidate Paul Jensen, has
found the campaign tough going since
he won the Republican primary in early
August. Jensen has little campaign
organization and has relied on what he
called "a one-to-one contact with the
voters" for his campaign.
Though the county Republican Party
recruited former College Republicans'
Chairperson Gretchen Morris to
represent the party, Jensen scored a
scant 91 ballot victory over the LSA
senior in the August primary. Despite
repeated attempts at winning a City
Council seat and a run at the Ann Arbor
mayorship in 1983, Jensen had never
before run a successful political cam-
paign.
At an August 25th meeting of the
executive committee of the county
Republican Party, the party
disassociated itself with Jensen and his
campaign. Rae Weaver executive
director of the local Republican Party.
read from the statement drafted at the
meeting explaining that "Paul Jensen
has taken positions and statements
which do not fit with the Republican
Party."
Despite the obstacles Jensen faces,
Bullard still claims he needs the sup-
port of the students for his reelection
campaign, Bullard will visit all the
campus dormitories before election day
and plans to sponsor a bill which would
protect the rights of students in light of
the University's proposed code of non-

academic conduct.
"Democracy and fairness require
student participation of any process to
draft a student code," said Bullard.
"It's outrageous to pass a code without
the consent of the governed. That
means passage by the Michigan
Student Assembly."
Bullard's student bill of rights would
require acceptable due process
provisions for any student code in the
state.
Jensen also sees the need to establish
an acceptable process for passing any
student code, but vowed that "only in
an emergency would I have a proposal
to ensure the rights of the students."
Jensen instead claimed he would rely
on "word of mouth" to guarantee the
rights of individuals.
"Anytime an individual's rights are
in question, I will fight for them," said
Jensen.
The candidates sharply differed over
the proposed nuclear research ban in
Ann Arbor. Jensen calls himself a
moderate Repulican who is more con-
cerned with domestic affairs. He
chastised Bullard for his strong support
of an issue like the nuclear research
ban, which could have international
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proposal on the November ballot, he did dment.
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dment passed overwhelmingly in the James
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something about the arms race," "Vote
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Bullard is known for fighting the A sel
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Bullard has also been a regular Out
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which allocated money to the various Michig
state schools. Bullard claimed Act of 1
proposals like the Voter's Choice of legis
initiative on this year's ballot will only his pre
put the state in an incredible budget tee ha
crisi and could potentially skyrocket judicial
tuition rates at the University. systems
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