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2- e Michigan Diy - Elec n '98 - Thursday, October0, 1998
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The Ohigan Daily - Election '98S Thursday, October 29, b8 - 58

Busjness owner Hickey challenges Rivers

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By Jason Stof fer
Daily Staff Reporter
Republican congressional candidate
Tom Hickey said citizens in the 13th con-
gressional district are looking for a
change in the Capitol.
More conservative leadership, Hickey
said, is what the district wants and is
something Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor), who is running for re-election,
has failed to provide.
"I call this district America," Hickey
said. "It has a heavy industrial base, a
major University and a sizeable senior
population."
He said his history of community
activism and his position as owner of
Mediquest Inc., a $3 million medical sup-
ply distribution company, gives him the
political and personal skills needed to
make a difference in Congress.
"I'm used to paying taxes and meet-
ing a payroll," Hickey said.
Kimberly Hickey, Tom Hickey's wife
of 20 years, said her husband never
planned to run for Congress and was a
member of the 13th District Republican
Committee responsible for choosing can-
didates for office.

"Tom had talked to a number of peo-
ple and they all had their reasons for not
running," Kimberly Hickey said.
"Several of the potential candidates asked
Tom why he wasn't running and (com-
mitte member) Karen Valvo turned to
Tom one day and asked 'Why don't you
run?"
Kimberly Hickey said her husband
thought about it overnight, and she gave
him her wholehearted support the next
morning.
"The government needs people who
have scrambled to meet their payroll;
who have gone thru periods of unem-
ployment," Kimberly Hickey said. "He's
absolutely not a politician. He's a busi-
nessman."
Two years ago, another business
owner, Republican Joe Fitzsimmons, ran
against Rivers. Pollsters expected the race
to be tight, but Rivers won by a margin of
about 20 percent.
Betsy DeVos, chair of the Michigan
Republican Party, said she expects things
will tum out differently this November.
"I attribute (Rivers' victory) to what
happened at the top of the ticket with as
strong as Clinton ran in this district, as

well as Carl Levin," Devos said. "It was
tough going for Joe Fitzsimmons."
Hickey will benefit from a
Republican ticket led by Gov. John
Engler, who holds a comfortable lead
in the polls in his re-election bid ver-
sus Democrat Geoffrey Fieger, Devos
said. .
"I'm not sure Tom's doing all that
much differently (than Fitzsimmons),".
she said. "I think Tom may well appeal to
a different portion of this district. He's
putting forth a very strong grass roots
effort and is working very hard, very suc-
cessfully."
In a district that includes the
University, Hickey said he will make edu-
cation one his foremost priorities.
He said he wants to serve on the
Education Committee and believes the
University should make fundamental
changes in its admissions policy.
Rivers' voting record and support of
affirmative action are too far to the left,
Hickey said.
He cited her vote against holding
impeachment hearings for President
Clinton as an example of her political
extremism.

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FINANCE
Continued from Page 30
been term-limited. "You don't take
money from people you do not
believe in."
Hansen declined a $5,000 dona-
tion from the National Rifle
Association.
School of Public Policy Interim
Dean John Chamberlin said cam-
paign donations have increased
exponentially this decade.
"In the '90s, the system has
.become more and more unglued,"
said Chamberlin, the state chair of
Common Cause, a group that advo-
cates campaign finance reform.
"What were once little loopholes
are now gaping."
Chamberlin said reform, and
ideally the public funding of cam-
paigns, would allow politicians to
cater to the public interest on issues
like tobacco legislation and the
environment.
"Candidates will spend less time
grubbing for money," Chamberlin
said. "They will spend their time
serving the public instead of the
people with the checkbooks."
Campaign finance legislation
has been proposed on Capitol Hill
and in Lansing, but reformers have
been so far been unable to overcome
fierce incumbent opposition.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor) said she was a member of a
bipartisan group of legislators who
pushed the Shayes-Meehan cam-
paign finance bill through the
House during the last legislative
session.
More than 60 Republicans
defied their party leadership and

joined the overwhelming majority
of Democrats to vote for the mea-
sure.
"The public is inundated with all
these negative advertisements and they
don't even know what anyone stands
for," Rivers said. "If every candidate
had the same amount of money, cam-
paigns would be about the issues."
Shayes-Meehan would have
eliminated soft money spending
within 60 days of an election, regu-
late issue advertisements and
increase reporting and enforcement.
Republicans filibustered the bill in
the Senate.
"It's widely agreed that if it got
to a Senate vote, it would have
passed," Chamberlin said.
"Americans want something done
about this. Every state that has run a
ballot initiative on this has passed
it."
On the state level, measures sim-
ilar to Shayes-Meehan have passed
in Maine, Vermont and California.
State Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann
Arbor) said there are a number of
campaign finance bills stalled in the
Michigan Legislature.
She does not believe the legisla-
ture will pass a measure anytime in
the near future.
"I think we'd need a ballot pro-
posal to accomplish this," Brater
said.
Republican Tom Hickey, Rivers'
opponent in the November election,
said public participation in the
political process can stymie undue
influence from lobbyists.
"If people are concerned with
special interests and PACs, they
need to get involved because that's
the great equalizer," Hickey said.

RIVERS
Continued from Page 46
also about the University," Rivers said.
Rivers' work for the mentally ill,
fueled by her own challenges, is a top
priority if she returns to Washington.
"I would like to see the Congress pass
and the President sign a mental health
parity bill,' Rivers said, adding that while
the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill enacted a
few years ago aided mental health fund-
ing, there is still work to be done. Rivers
also called Michigan's mental health sit-
uation "despicable," saying it must be
addressed after the election.
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Rivers will serve on a Social Security
commission that will examine the
future of this much-talked about, yet lit-
tle understood program. Rivers points
out that the program is safe well into the
21st Century, but it will face problems
in 35 years that should be addressed
now.
Rivers' campaign against Tom
Hickey received a boost last week when
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
came to Detroit to campaign for
Michigan's Democratic delegation.
Clinton gave Rivers high praise, saying
the future of education must be protect-
ed.

"How could we do it without Lynn
Rivers, who is focused on children and
their needs?" Clinton asked the crowd
at the rally.
Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside
Michigan Politics, said the recent
Clinton visit and a visit by House
Speaker Newt Gingrich on behalf of
Hickey signal a focus on the race. But
Ballenger said he does not believe the
Republicans will gain any seats, much
less this one, in November.
"The Republicans have spent such a
long time trying to win some of these
Democratically held seats;' Ballenger
said. "And they always fall short.

Tom Hickey speaks at a campaign event last week, which was attended by House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

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