Front Page Story On Senate Race. St. Louis Post-Dispatch June 27, 1982

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Front Page Story On Senate Race. St. Louis Post-Dispatch June 27, 1982 - Candidate Ryan A Chip Off The Nader Block By...
Candidate Ryan A Chip Off The Nader Block By Fred W. Lindecke Missouri Political Correspondent On the wall of Tom Ryan's spare and cluttered campaign headquarters on Lindell Boulevard is a black-and-white black-and-white black-and-white black-and-white black-and-white drawing of .Don Quixote. The drawing says it all about Ryan's campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Voters who believe in the impossible dream have in Ryan someone they can rally around among the. 11 Democrats running in the primary on Aug. 3. . The winner will oppose Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo., R-Mo., R-Mo., in November. Every candidate must convince himself he can win, and Ryan has done that, even though all around him are signs of the high odds against that. Ryan is one of four candidates among the 11 who are making a statewide campaign effort. He does it by driving himself around Missouri in a 1971 Ford Maverick that he bought last year for $1,300. Breakfast is a carton of milk, and lunch may be an orange and a banana, or two burritos. When away from his home in St. Louis, Ryan bunks with a friend instead of paying motel bills, in Kansas City, he sleeps on the couch in the local office of the Missouri Public Interest Research ELECTION'82 Group, which he founded 10 years ago. His campaign headquarters in Kansas City is a picnic bench in Washington Park across the street from Crown Center. In bad weather, Ryan takes over a table in one of the Crown Center restaurants and uses the pay phone to make his calls. His "advance man" is his 70-, 70-, 70-, year-old year-old year-old mother, Ginnie, who sets up press conferences and interviews by telephone from her home in St. Louis. The mimeograph machine in his headquarters in St. Louis is broken. He does not have $200 to fix it, so his press releases must be cranked out by hand. Ryan says that he has spent about $15,000 on his campaign and that about $10,000 of that was his own money. He and his wife, Evonne, agreed they were willing to spend their savings on the contest but would not go into debt, he said. Evonne has continued to work for MoPIRG after Ryan resigned to make the race. "Idealism is a strong chunk of See RYAN, Page 5

Clipped from St. Louis Post-Dispatch27 Jun 1982, SunOther EditionsPage 35

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri)27 Jun 1982, SunOther EditionsPage 35
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