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Page 6-Tuesday, May 12, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Bullard: Off and running


(Continued from Page 3)
reputation has blossomed in recent
years, where he now chairs the power-
ful House Judiciary Committee.
The major issue at this early stage of
the Congressional race - a question
that none of the prospective candidates
can control - involves "redistricting."
In response to the 1980 national census,
the boundaries of Michigan's individual
congressional districts will be redrawn
later this year to accommodate the
decade's shifts in population.
There are several contrasting
forecasts for the "new" 2nd District's
borders, each of which paints a dif-
ferent picture of Bullard's election
chances. He needs the Democratic
voters - the urban-based, working
class, liberal voters - to carry the
district. But, Ann Arbor may "move
west," away from the suburban Detroit
Democratic base that Bullard needs;

the city may indeed move into the 6th
District of Central Michigan, now
represented by James Dunn (R-East
Lansing). If this occurs, Bullard will
likely face Democrat Bob Carr, also of
East Lansing, who dominates the left
wing of that district and would make
things extremely difficult for him.
THE 2ND Congressional District is
currently represented by Carl Pursell
(R-Plymouth), who has been re-elected
twice. Pursell has established a deep
political base in southeastern
Michigan, and is sure to seek a fourth
term next year.
But, even if the redistricting leaves
Bullard a substantial Democratic base,
the conservative tidal wave that
flooded the nation last November, and
which strongly prevails today - both in
Washington and southeastern Michigan
- would seem to undermine Bullard's
chances for victory. Simply put, the

times may not be right for an idealistic
"I don't think the situation is clear by
any means," Bullard responds,
unusually pragmatic. "I think that I
can win, but nothing is certain at this
point. I think that, after another year-
and-a-half of Reaganomics, people in
Michigan are going to be fed up. It's
clear that the Reagan economic
program cannot succeed in providing a
decent and humane environment for
our people. The only question is, how
quickly will the American people per-
ceive that?"
AMONG THOSE WHO will be in-
tegral in the promotion of Bullard's
candidacy will be local attorney George
Sallade, a former chairman of Ann
Arbor's Democratic Party, and an in-.
fluential partisan supporter for the past
two decades.
"He's a good man, and I expect to
help him enthusiastically," Sallade
said yesterday afternoon. He claims to
have "contacts into almost every part
of the district, under any reappor-
tionment," and pledged to lobby them
on Bullard's behalf.
Rae Weaver ran against Bullard for
state representative in 1976, but lost by
a slim margin. Currently, she serves as
executive director of the Washtenaw
County Republican Headquarters, and
doesn't think Bullard "hasa chance" in
a race against Pursell.
"THE PENDULUM doesn't swing
that rapidly," she said, referring to
Bullard's assumption that the district
will be "disillusioned" with conser-
vative politics by 1982. In reference to
Bullard's across-the-board liberal
voting record and proposals, Weaver
added that his Republican opponent
"would have a ball" in the campaign.
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"As the (2nd District) lines are
drawn now," Weaver added, "I would
assume it would be next to impossible
for Bullard to carry the district."
not domestic politics alone that have
aroused his interest in running for
Congress. He described his growing in-
terest in foreign affairs:
"A major question, which Reagan
has brought forth with devastating im-
pact, is whether we will be here as a
society, whether modern civilization is
going to avoid nuclear war.
"However weak arms control efforts
have been - and they have been weak
- they defined a main thrust of efforts
that have been toward negotiating ar-
ms limitation. The Reagan ad-
ministration is clearly reversing that -
and I think we need a congressman
from this district who will speak out
and help lead the national effort to turn
around this course toward war."
With his campaign officially just five
days old, Bullard has a long way to go
before the November 1982
Congressional election. The temporal
distance is lengthy - 36 months - to be
sure, but equally imposing is his
political quest: As a devout liberal
seeking to upenl a three-term
Republican incumbent, amid a nation-
wide conservative epidemic, Perry
Bullard has taken on by far the most
difficult challenge of his decade-long
political career
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