POLITICAL NOTES: A Cop v. a Grip

During his three terms as Michigan's governor, Gerhard Mennen Williams has steadily tightened his grip on the state and its Democratic Party, despite his troubles with a Republican legislature and the opposition of old-line Democrats, who object to "Soapy" Williams' alliance with Walter Reuther's C.I.O. In last week's primary election, Soapy himself, unopposed for renomination, threw his strength behind Philip A. Hart, his candidate for lieutenant governor. Opposing Hart was ' onetime Democratic National Committeeman George S. Fitzgerald, attorney for Jimmy Hoffa's anti-Williams A.F.L. Teamsters' Union. By a more than 2-1 margin, Soapy Williams' Candidate Hart won. Williams' men...

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