Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on April 28, 1970 · 13
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Lafayette, Indiana
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Tuesday, April 28, 1970
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Tuesday Evening, April Rep. Myers Unopposed 7th District Race Pits 2 Profs; One Is Black INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) In-! cumbent Rep. John T. Myers R-Ind., has a free ride through the GOP primary, so the 7th District congressional competi tion is all on the Democratic side. The Democratic primary battle, according lo those who keep a daily watch on it, is be tween two . university . mstruc tors William D. Roach, 38, a political science teacher at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, and Finley C. Campbell, 35, professor of American liter ature at Wabash College, Craw fordsville. John H. Latham, 78, Rock-ville, . who filed for several years in Indiana's presidential primary and now has lowered his sights to Congress, is seen as running third in the race Roach is pegged by several political observers as now hav ing a lead over Campbell. This view is based on an assumption that Campbell's race and creed will not appeal to enough 7th District voters to win him the nomination. But as one observer said "He's pretty sharp, that Camp bell." Campbell said that "it sort of makes some people feel funny to see this black person stand ing up and telling them I tin derstand their problems; it sort of shakes them, but they go through the color thing and re alize I do relate to their prob lems." PEACE CANDIDATE Campbell considers himself a peace and freedom party candidate and frankly tells his audiences that "if you can't go for my program, vote for someone else." Campbell, a profes sor at Morehouse College, Atlanta, before going to Wabash in 1968, laughingly terms himself "a reverse carpetbagger." His program includes unilater al peace m Vietnam, withdrawal from Indo-China, a national health insurance and medical care program with one-third subsidy sfrom the federal government "and two-thirds from industry, and an educational allotment plan in which youths 17-21 would get an allotment from the federal government to be applied to attendance at the school of their choice. "If we could pay our young men to become killers, we can pay them to become civilized human beings," Campbell said. Roach is undertaking his first bid for political office after having been a political scientist and observer for several years. He is a native of Vigo County, the largest county in the 15-county district, and formerly taught school in Terre Haute and Guam. He returned to his home state after a 1962 typhoon "blew us off the island." "I have watched this office (Congress) for better than six years," Roach explained. "I calculated what President Nixon would do when he came into power and he has done what I expected so the first of January, I started contacting county chairmen but held off announcing for a while. I can t afford to do this for fun. I think I have a good chance to win." VARIED CAREER Roach, reared in an orphan's home, has a varied career that includes farmer, factory worker, milling machine operator, aluminum worker and starting 11 years ago, teacher. Currently he is helping a brother operate a kennel in his spare time from ISU and campaigning. He frequently visits at industrial plants, where his membership in the AFL-CIO from his blue-collar years is a common bond. "When I started, I thought I had a one-in-10 chance of winning the election," Roach said. SCHRADER JEWELRY i A Open Moo. jnd Fri. Till 8:30 P.M. X Tues. and Wed. Till 4 P.M. Sat. Till S P.M. J A. CLOSED ALL DAY THURS. W Lewis J. "The candidate who will provide creative management as County Auditor" NOMINATE tLEWIS 28, 1970 "Now I think it is cut to about three and a half-to-10." Roach is counting that Myers, 43, a Covington banker and farmer seeking a third term, will win or lose according to the Nixon administration's popularity. . Although Myers has no oppo sition in the primary, he fre quently returns to his home district for talks. He found that his district has one of the highest percentages of over-65 per sons and has become a pioneer in senior citizen forums. In 1968, Myers defeated Elden C. Tipton, Jasonville, by a vote of 115,921 to 78,045. Unhappy With Democratic Fund Raisers Run Into Donor Resentment By JERRY MOSKAL Of Our Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Fund rai sers for congressional Demo crats found their efforts being blunted by resentment over Senate liberals and a business downturn while Republicans coasted along on schedule. Big Democratic donors in past years appear to be turning their vehemence against such party liberals as Sens. Edward M.. (Teddy) Kennedy, D-Mass., and George S. McGovern, D-S.D. "I sure heard it about McGovern and Kennedy," said one Democratic fund solicitor. "They're mad at the people who weren't loyal to Hubert Humphrey. They're really hot. The Democratic Congression al Committee has set a goal of $1.5 million for its national fund while the Republican Congres- VOTERS' GUIDE KEY TO LOCAL CANDIDATES Voters' Guides, containing information about candidates for Tippecanoe County offices, the Indiana General Assembly and 2nd Dis-t r i c t congressman are available in Lafayette, West Lafayette, Battle Ground and Romney. The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette compiled the list of qualifications of each candidate and his opinions on selected issues as a service to the voting public of Greater La-f a y e 1 1 e and Tippecanoe County for the primary elections May 5. The guides are available without charge at the fol-lowing locations: Arth's Pharmacies; Goodnight's Drugstores; Mert's Pharmacy; Loeb's Department Store; Huf fine's Grocery, 1021 Wabash Ave.; Highlander Market, 401 S. 4th St.; Southside and Lincoln Community Centers; Wells Memorial Library; YWCA; Regal Market in Battle Ground, and in West Lafayette, Deac's, Southworth's, Follett's and West Lafayette Public Library. In addition, the Voters' Guides will be distributed at a number of supermarkets in the Greater Lafayette area and in Romney. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. The League does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party. Beeler cBEELEI i VOTING, MACHINE DEMONSTRATED AT COURTHOUSE Need a lesson on how to use a voting machine? ' The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters as a special voter service will demonstrate use of the machine in the first floor lobby of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. Demonstrations will be given Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Copies of the League's publication, "Voter's Guide," also will be available. The 1970 primary election will be Tuesday, May 5. Party Liberals sional Committee is shooting for $4 million with more than $1 million already collected. When donations to a $500-a-plate May 27 fund-raising dinner in the Washington Hilton Hotel were slow coming in, aides from various Democratic congressional offices began making telephone contacts around the nation. "I just caught hell," said one who ,made about 25 calls to a Midwestern state. "They may be angry at (President) Nixon, but they're really mad at the Democrats." DOWN TO $1,000 One Midwestern contributor who gave $50,000 to Humphrey's 1968 presidential campaign reluctantly agreed to contribute $1,000 to. the Congressional Democratic drive and only because of the telephone contact. The Midwestern state solic itor, manning the telephone's on his own time at night, sold only two tickets at $500 each, although he did elicit some promises of contributions of less than $500. ''These are people with records for giving," he said. "I was really disappointed, l thought I'd do a lot better. The biggest thing was, 'Our business is off and we're strapped for finances'." A telephone worker next to him making calls to a Western state had even poorer luck. He failed to get any donations. I can t understand why Re-: publicans can raise money in this climate and we can't," he said. "It's just fantastic." I McCORMACK FETE Some Democratic contrib utors were reportedly irked be cause House Speaker John W. McCormack, D-Mass., will be honored at the May 28 dinner, postponed once already because of the lack of takers. Martin Sweig, suspended ad-ministrative assistant to McCormack, and Nathan M. Voloshen, a New York lawyer-lobbyist, have been indicted on criminal conspircacy and perjury charges. Voloshen is accused of using McCormack's office to aid his clients. Because funds have been coming in only by small dribbles, little money is expected to be available from the national fund and Democratic congressional candidates will probably have to shift for themselves. The Democratic National Etitf0u IFgodhgv i ,,m i THE JOURNAL AND COURIER, LAFAYETTE, 5th District Outlook Roudebush Shoo-In; Demo xBattle of Sexes' INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) Among 3th District Republi cans, Rep. Richard L. Roude bush R-Ind., seems assured of renominatfon May 5. The suspense comes later when the 52-year-old lawmaker is expected to officially an nounce for the U.S. Senate nomination at the June convention. Among 5th District Democrats, the suspense is now as far as the congressional nominee is concerned and the race has a "battle of the sexes" connotation. Mrs. Katie Williams, Committee is already $9 million in debt and the Democratic congressional candidates will not be able to tap this as a revenue source for their November campaigns. ON SCHEDULE Curtis R. Fulton, finance di rector for the Republican Con gressional Committee, said response from direct mail solicitations of GOP contributors is on schedule. "We're in a big mailing right now," he added. "Most of them give it cheerfully and for a good cause hopefully to win control of the House. "Our renewal (contribution) rate is exceptionally good, but we always need new names to put on. A quarter of the year is gone, and we're 6n schedule. We're reaching for more." It may be September or October, perhaps a little later, before the GOP committee reaches its $4 million goal. The national fund will be distributed to Republican House and Senate candidates where the need is greatest and where the party stands a good chance of taking a Democratic seat. In addition to the national fund, Republican candidates are also raising their own monies for . their respective campaigns plus some help from state and other national party organizations. NO ESTIMATE Fulton said he couldn't estimate the amount needed for each congressional campaign, saying this depended on the type of district rural or urban and other variables. He said the GOP is using no telephone, solicitation yet. A Republican fund raiser denied a Democratic contention that the GOP would spend $15 million on this year's congressional races. Kenneth R. Harding, director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said while the party's goal is $1.5 million from the dinner alone that it would aim for more than that from other sources. However, he admitted that he would be happy with collecting a fourth of the Republican target figure of $4 million. "We're never had enough," he said. "Republicans have historically outspent us four-to-one, sometimes 10-to-one. We're not setting any top limit. We're certainly not discouraged, but we'd like more. "We're enthused by our polit- Walton, has been gaining some feminine support because she is the only woman congressional hopeful in the 11 races. Her opponent is Grant Circuit Court Judge Manuel P. Guerrero, who is described by some practical ' Democratic politi-cos male as slightly ahead of Mrs. Williams at this point in the pre-primary evaluation. These politicos figure women never vote as a bloc and will not begin now, not even to get Katie Williams nominated. CHANGING DISTRICT Roudebush, a native of No- blesville, first was elected to Congress in 1960 and has been re-elected each two years since then. He has overcome the handicap of having to campaign in three substantially different districts because of changes due to federal courts and the legislature. As a result Roudebush, a former livestock executive at the Indianapolis Stockyards, already has represented 1.5 million Hoosiers living in eastern, west-central and north-central Indiana. This wide acquaintance with Hoosier voters is one of the assets mentioned by backers of Roudebush as the GOP nominee to oppose Sen. . Vance Hartke D-Ind., in November. Officially, Roudebush is a candidate only for the 5th District congressional nomination in the primary. Most political observers assume Roudebush will defeat two challengers Harry R. Fawcett, Kokomo businessman and farmer, and Gerald Brissman, Carmel, a former Marine. Fawcett has stated that the main thrust of his campaign is "toward eradicating corruption in the federal courts and making reforms long overdue in the federal judiciary system." He is under indictment on a mail fraud charge. Brissman, who gained publicity with efforts to bring his dog Meatball home from Vietnam after the animal saved his life, says, "It is time that someone who has fought in this war has some say in Congress." VACANCY EYED But members of the Republican 5th District committee already are considering who should be named to fill the district vacancy on the ticket in the assumption Roudebush will win the congressional nomi nation in May and the senatorial nomination in June. Fred Sabatini, Logansport, was described as one of the leading contenders at present. Mrs. Williams has campaigned extensively for the Demo-c r a t i c nomination and has gained considerable feminine assistance from outside the district. She is a former secretary to the president of a Wall Street investment firm, a former editor on Glamour magazine, and has lived and worked" in Moscow and Berlin during years in which her husband, Manning, ical opportunities, but we have to have contributions to take advantage of these opportunities." While the Democratic party has never been affluent, Harding claimed the attitude of the contributors to the Senate and House campaigns is better than it has been in the past. IND. 7 Demos in 2nd Blue, Harrigan Strong In Attempt To Unseat Landgrebe By HORTENSE MYERS INDIANAPOLIS (UPI Rep. Earl F. Landgrebe, serving his first term as Charles Halleck's successor in the 2nd District, isj challenged by two formidable opponents in the May 5 Republican primary. In addition, seven Democrats are battling for the right to sideline Landgrebe, a Valparaiso motor transport owner, at the end of his first two years in Washington. Halleck, who voluntarily retired in 1968 after serving 34 years in Congress, has not openly taken sides in the GOP congressional race. Lafayette Mayor Donald W. Blue and Albert F. "Pete" Harrigan, Hobart realtor, are conducting hard - hitting campaigns against Landgrebe. Both charge Landgrebe is too negative to be Halleck s successor, has a bad record for absenteeism, and failed to support President Nixon. Landgrebe has sought to refute the criticism and has found his opponents have studied his "no" votes in the Indiana Senate where he served 10 years before winning the congressional seat. "BASICALLY NEGATIVE" For example, Blue has charged that Landgrebe "basically is negative rather than constructive in his voting record in Washington. This is merely an extension of his negativism while he served in the Indiana State Senate." Harrigan, one of the nine Republicans Landgrebe defeated in 1968 to win his first nomination, sees the 1970 primary race as a runoff on that two-year-old contest, with himself as the banner-carrier for the other losers. Landgrebe got 24 per cent of the popular vote. He first won the nomination by only 82 votes, later set at 105 votes on a recount in which O. U. Sullivan, Lafayette, was runner-up. Blue, whose term as mayor expires Dec. 31, 1971, considered running in 1968, he told friends, but decided against it was in U.S. diplomatic service. Guerrero has heavy backing from his home county of Grant, one of the two most heavily populated in the 12-county district. Other counties in the district are Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Hamilton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash. In 1968, Roudebush defeated the Democratic nominee, Robert C. Ford, Kokomo, by a vote of 114,537 to 7,630. f i;ftr- -,--r - !-sr i ill z uU ON JANUARY 20. 1970, PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON SENT THE FOLLOWING TELEGRAM TO CONGRESSMAN EARL LANDGREBE r pnnnn DEB268 PC204 P WA431 BJ GOVT WASH I MQTOR' DC- JAM .20 -HONORABLE EARL F LANDGREBE " sJKEKBER UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 45 -LlNCOLMWAT VALPARAISO J.ND AN EARL LANDGREBE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATGfI IS A HAPPY EVENT MOT ONLY. FOR YOU, . BUT; FOR TkE PEOPLE YOU skill and dedication. few legislators have given' more j of their talents, energy and. plain hard work toward the WELL-BEING OFThEJR CONSTITUENTS AND THE LARGER GOOD OF THE NATION I REGRET THAT I CANNOT BE VS.ljK YOU;. BUJ if WILL BE THERE IN SPIRIT WITH THE MARY FRIENDS WHO APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMER'f.CA LOOKING FORWARD TO A CONTINU'IHG ASSOCIATION WTh Y.OIJ for the reali zation of '.the goals we; share .r.ickard's THIS IS THE KIND OF MAN YOU HAVE AS YOUR CONGRESSMAN IN WASHINGTON. VOTE FOR CONGRESSMAN LANDGREBE Paid for by Congressman Earl Landgrebe for Congress Committee. Bruo W. Douglas. Chairman. District fierce because of the size of the primary field. Ten Republicans and ten Democrats filed in the congressional races two years ago. SPRAGUE RATED HIGH Among the seven Democrats seeking the nomination May 5 most observers see Philip A. Sprague, 46, Michigan City industrialist, and Timothy McGin-ley, 30, a Lafayette industrial executive emerging as neck-and-neck leaders. They foresee another battle between the northern and southern ends of the 10-county district stretching one-third of the state's length. But a few warn that Joseph A. Farina, 54, LaPorte businessman and teacher, and Robert Toal, 41, an associate professor of psychology at Purdue University, have potential strength that could put them ahead. Farina has been a candidate in several previous political races and has a residue of voter- recognition. Toal was first chairman of the New Democratic Coalition of Indiana and is a member of the NDC national steering commit tee. The NDC describes itself as a grassroots group "dedicated to the reform and renewal of the Democratic Party from within." Toal has blasted not only Hal leek but also former Gov. Roger Branigin, a Democrat, as form ing an "axis" that has domi nated local Democratic politics. Sprague, chairman of a firm which manufactures industrial instruments and controls, gain ed the endorsement of the AFL- CIO's Committee on Political Education (COPE) in three counties of the 2nd District. He is campaigning, not only from a headquarters in the same building with the LaPorte Coun ty Democratic headquarters but also from two mobile homes, one in Tippecanoe County and the other in Michigan City. TSC Schedules Public Hearing A public hearing for an additional appropriation from the cumulative building fund to purchase classrooms, buy land and for sewage improvement projects at West Point will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elson School. The hearing will be during a special meeting of the Tippecanoe School Corp. board of trustees. Also to be discussed at the meeting are preliminary plans for the West Point sewage project and bid tabulations for relocatable classrooms and furniture, paint and a panel truck. NL PDB (DUP) VUX THE VuTE HOUSE 13 McGinley, an executive of National Homes, is a former Purdue basketball star. He too, has been campaigning throughout the 10-county district. Other Democratic candidates are John C. Wood, Valparaiso housing engineer; Richard E. Byron, 24-year-old Purdue graduate student, and Hugh P. Salisbury, Knox, a school teacher and farmer. In 1968, Landgrebe won the election by defeating Democratic nominees Edward F. Kelly, Lafayette, by a vote of 104,238 to 85,084. Vietnam War Priority Issue, Landgrebe Says WASHINGTON Vietnam is the most important issue in this election, Congressman Earl F. Landgrebe said Tuesday. Landgrebe is running for renomina-tion in the Indiana 2nd District Republican primary May 5. "Vietnam will remain the major issue as long as a single American boy is risking his life there," Landgrebe said. "President Nixon has improved the situation tremendously since the last election year of 1968," Landgrebe said, "but obviously the war against the spread . of Communism into Southeast Asia is still a most serious matter." Landgrebe expressed a sharp difference of opinion with those critics who claim President Nixon's Vietnam policy is no different from that of. former President Johnson. "There is a big difference," Landgrebe said. "Mr. Johnson kept sending more boys over there; Mr. Nixon is bringing them home." Landgrebe added that, though he . is sympathetic to Nixon's efforts, he is not completely satisfied. "In fairness to Mr. Nixon, though, I must add that I'm pretty hard to please when lives of many of America's finest young men are at stake." Landgrebe expressed the hope that Vietnamization will lead to ultimate victory in Vietnam. "Perhaps, as the South Vietnamese strengthen themselves, we will allow them that all-important victory that we have so foolishly denied ourselves." "Anything short of victory in Vietnam would be a defeat to us and to the Free World," Landgrebe said, "and what is worse, it would encourage fur-t h e r Communist adventures elsewhere." :jf,vr. fry.::-, &5fr.v SERVE WITH SUCH AUDITOR RapubHcMtf Pd. Pat. Adv.

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