The Lowell Sun from Lowell, Massachusetts on January 2, 1974 · Page 13914
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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Wednesday, January 2, 1974
Page 13914
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Thursday Sept. J. 1974 96tk Year Serving Northern Middletex County iiimiiiiiiiiiiniiiinmimihi nun nmiiiiiin iniiin iti iimiiiHiiiiimiimrniiiiii iiiitiiiiiimiiimiiiii iimmiiiiiiiiiimtmimimiiiHiiWiMiiiiiHmiiiiiiiiiiiiiMH t tmn - i itiiMiiiiiimm iiiiminmiimmiitiiiiiiiiiiin Tsongas seen winner in dull primary By CAROLYN M1BGEL , Sun Staff LOWELL Little, if any, enthusiasm has been generated by the Democratic primary in the Fifth Congressional District, where Middlesex County Commissioner Paul E. Tsongas is seen as the Goliath in a race against little known Lexington Atty. William C. Madden. But if Tsongas is the Goliath in the primary, the tables may well be turned as he, if a victor next Tuesday as expected, becomes the David against, incumbent Republican Congressman Paul W. Cronin in the November general election. And that is the way that Tsongas has been running his primary campaign, purposefully ignoring Madrten's criticism of his relatively modest campaign financing. Madden, on a strict budget ot $5 000 of his own money and with his 18 - year - old son as his entire campaign force, has not penetrated the district much, making only some door . to door campaigning in the Lawrence area. Both candidates are veterans of past political races which encompassed a good portion of the congressional district, which includes Lowell and Lawrence in the North and stretches south to Madden's home town of Lexington but Tsongas experience has been more recent than Maddens, who, when restricted out of his state Senate seat in the early 1960's, van against Cromn's Republican predecessor, . F. Bradford Morse and lost, But Madden has not made a bid for elective office since then, retiring to his law practice until he decided to run for the Congressional notnina - . tion this spring. Strong base PAUL E. TSONGAS . . . running hard District included in the AFL - CIO's "target District." But Massachusetts politics is notorious for violating the normal party - line trends which dominate other urban states, especially those in the Mid - West. Massachusetts Democrats, who vastly outnumber Republicans on the roils, r,:"3 basically ticket - splitters so any predictions for the November contest now are at best chancy. ill Tsongas, as a former Lowell City Councilor and an incumbent "reform" Middesex County commissioner, has a strong political base, which most experts say will produce a sizable vote against Madden in the primary and may barely be sufficient to oust Cronin. - The differences between the two on various issues both have criticism and some proposed solutions to the economic conditions of the state, both support campaign reform and an assortment of their issues which are dotting Congressional campaigns across the country. Madden himself has not been visible and has not launched anything close to a substantive campaign drive against Tsongas. He is running, he says; to show - that, someone with little money can run for elective office. He has concentrated his efforts in the Lawrence area which was not in the Fifth Congressional district when he ran against Morse. For Tsongas, the target has been Cronin and the Republican Administration of Richard Nixon. Before Nixon resigned, the Lowell Democrat was hitting the incumbent hard on his failure to take ' a stand on impeachmentwith Cronin contending to the day Nixon released his June 21, 1972 tape that as a member of the House he would not and could not - commit himself publicly on the evidence before hearing the House debate on articles of impeachment. But with the assumption of the Presidency by Gerald R, Ford and the era of good feeling abounding in Washington among Democrats and Republicans, Tsongas faces a tougher battle to upset Cronin, who while no liberal has not angered national labor forces enough to have the Fifth Economy an issue Tsongas, however, has also hit Cronin hard on statement's of the state of the district's economy, contending that Crohin's claim of bringing $2 mililon a day into Hie idstrict in federal expedi - tures of contracts; grants and other payments is deceptive. The Tsongas campaign claims that. 51.5 million a day Into the district in federal expendi - during the six months of 1972 that it had no Congressman. Morse resigned his House seat, to become Undersecretary General of the United Nations in May of 1972. Tsongas has issued a statement of net. worth, and at different times during the campaign has challenged Madden and Cronin to do the same. That statement included Tsongas' income tax returns over the past few yeai - s. Cronin issued a statement of worth, listing two cars and an airplane, his Congressional salai - y of $42,500 a year and $1,200 in various speaking fees. .But he did not relesase his income tax returns. His business assets, which he valued at more than $1 million before - . entering Congress, Cronin says, have been either given away to his partners in the various AndoverJbased ventures or placed in trust for his children's education. That same trust holds title to two homes formerly owned by Cronin in An - dover, one which he now rents from the trust as his home. The stage, has been set for a heated confrontation between Tsongas and Cronin, but the incumbent to date has not been doing his best to ignore reelection. WILLIAM MADDEN . . . Lexington lawyer Not yet a candidate Cronin has set a policy that, because he himself has no opposition in the Republican primary, he is not. yet a candidate, letting Tsongas' barbs fall on at least publieally deaf ears for the moment. That does not mean thai the Congressman has , not been running for reelection, however. He has billboards up claiming he is "everything a Congressman should be" and has len making numerous public appearances since he defeated Democrat John F. Kerry in November of 1972. He plans a "'kick - off" to his campaign, probably the week after the primary. Cronin himself will fly back from England on primary day, Tuesday, after a trip sponsored by the Committee on Science and Astronautics of which he is a member. Tsongas' campaign style for the Congressional seat is not unlike that he used in what was a surprise election tp the Lowell City Council in 1969 and a more predictable victory in the county com - misioner's race in 1972. He "walked (he district." at the rousing speed of three miles an hour this spring getting press and public exposure and has a full campaign schedule up until primary day. Like his county race, he is hitting the opposition hard. But Cronin may prove to be a much tougher opponent than former Middlesex County Commissioner John F. Dever and Frederick J. Connors who had an unfinished, extremely expensive courthouse on their hands. Cronin himself has no such albatross around his neck. With the Nixon resignation eliminating a crippled Republican Presidency from Washington, Cronin's party label will not do him extreme harm. And, with some exceptions, most of his Washington colleagues say that he has been a hard - working freshman legislator. Harrington endorsement One of those exceptions is U.S. Rep. Michael J. Harrington. D - Mass., who has endorsed Tsongas in violation of the old "club rule" among House PAUL CRONIN ... no primary fight members not to get involved in each others' races, regardless of party labels. Harrington, who has obvious aspirations to higher political office within the state or federal government, is without an opponent this November and will campaign for gubernatorial candidate Michael S. Dukakis and may again campaign for Tsongas. Cronin aides say they expect a "sizable turn - out" in the Democratic primary, spurred mostly by the hotly contested gubernatorial race between Atty. General Robert H. Quinn and Dukakis. If Tsongas does not have an opponent with obvious deficiencies as he had in the county commissioners race two years ago, Cronin will not the primary. In 1972, 10 Democrats from Lower! have the advantage of a Democratic bloodbath in and Lawrence fought it out in the primary leaving deep scars. the Democrats, seeing the error of their 1972 ways, moved towards "unity" this year with Tsongas geeting at least lip - service support from Democrats across the spectrum of political opinion. Just how good that unity is will hp tested in the fall campaign, when a relatively liberal Tsongas meets a relatively conservative Cronin. The conservative Democrats, many of whom hold city and state representative seats within the Fifth District, will have to decide which means more party label of philosophy in ehosing between Tsongas and Cronin. The Fifth Congressional District encompasses most of the Greater Lowell area, stretching oyer to Lawrence and Methuen and south to North Reading and Lexington. The town of Burlington is represented by U.S. Rep. Torbert H. Macdonald (D - Mass) who is unopposed for re - election, The towns of Ayer and Shirley, in the Fouth Congressional District, are represented by U.S. Rep. Robert F. Drinan (D - Mass), who is unopposed in the primary but faces two opponents in the fall electionDemo - crat turned Independent Jon Rotenberg, a state representative from Brookline and Republican Laurence Curtis, the aging former Congressman from Newton. Tapes unavailable for trial ST. PAUL, Minn. (UP1) - White House tapes, subpoenaed by U.S. District Judge Fred Nichol, will not be available to the participants in the Wounded Knee trial. Nichol eald he received a call in his chambers Wednesday from Herbert J. Miller Boston tax rate to stay at same level for 1975 BOSTON i AP) - Boston Y 1975 tax rate will remain at the present $196.70 per W.OOO assessed valuation, Mayor fevin H. White announced Wednesday. White had been predicting a "moderate" property tax increase because of inflation, but the rate remained stable for the third straight war because of the city's austerity, program, he said. "Obviously, we're very pleased," White Jr., an aide to former President Richard Nixon, saying the tapes would not be available. The defense had wanted the tapes to find out if Nixon and his advisers had discussed the occupation of Wounded Knee, S. D and what decisions had been made. However, Ihe defense said it would not pursue the. matter further unless American Indian Movement leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means are convicted. The two are chared each with five felonies in last year's 71 - day takeover ol the South Dakota hamlet, In what may have been the final day of testimony of the trial, the wife of Louis Moves Camp testified Wednesday that her husband told her lie was only in Wounded Knee for one week during the occupation. Moves Camp, the main prosecution witness, has linked Banks and Means to four of the five felonies with which they are charged. Gaylene Roach Moves Camp told the court her husband told, her in August the FBI would give him a house wherever he wanted, drop assault charges against him, give him $200 a week and find him a job if he testified for the government. Prior to - that time he said testifying "was not worth it," Mrs. Moves Camp stated. Defense attorneys allege Moves Camp, 22. raped an 18 - year - old Wisconsin woman Aug. 16 after he had been taken to a resort near Hudson, Wis., by two FBI agents. They also claim the agenls later Influenced Wisconsin authorities not to prosecute Moves Camp, lUimii iMMimwiiimiimiMiuiiHiMiHiiimiimMiiiiiiiiiiiH iiiiiHitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiii iniiin iiiiiiimtiiumii iiiiiiiiiiu? It's goodbye Dolly, I hut Carmen hanas on i . MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Dolly Jirii.j thi nnr - thoact Misst nf tii United States rid then lost its punch in the cold waters of (he worth Atlantic on Wednesday night, weathermen aid. f Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Carmen' was still Active in open waters off Mexico and a new tropical Repression was moving in from the Atlantic toward Barbados In Hie Windward Islands, I . After moving up the East Coast with winds of 90 miles per hour, Dolly curved away from the mainland and continued out to sea on a northeast course. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said tt would no longer issue advisories on Dolly. . Brazilian inflation rate expected to hit 32 tun 7.w.t a (API Pressured by rising in ternational petroleum prices, Brazilian monetary inflation is expected to reach 32 per cent by 197o, Brazil's finance minister said here. 3 Minister Mario Henrique Simonsen made the inflation prediction before members of the Economic Commission of the Federal Congress. Brazil , which Import shout 70 per cent of the petroleum ft annually consume, registered an official 13.7 per tfent Inflation rate in 1973. Simonsen said increased inflation was related to a growing balance of payments deficit that had teen largely triggered by the Middle Eastern petroleum crisis. said. The last increase during the White administration came in 1971, when the rate went from 1174.70 to 1194.70. . Under the austerity, program, city employes have been reduced 10 per tent, or by 1,595 during the pan 11 months. Officials also said tight control over departmental budgets reduced the annual increase in city spending from IS per cent to seven par cant. Another key factor was W t million reduction In Boston's share of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's deficit. U.S. legislators grs - stsd In China Vice Premier Teng Hiiee - plng ef the Peepie't Republic ef Chine walks with Sen, James W. Ful bright, O - Ark., left, leader ef the U.5. cengreisienel delega tion, In Piking teday. Secend from left i Rep. Piter H. I. Frellnghuywn, R - N.J., deputy leider. In center background it Sin. Hubert H. Humphrey, D - Minn. Thli photo wf made available by Htinhue, the Chinese agency.

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