The Congress: Challenge to Charlie

Nearly six years ago, Indiana's Republican Congressman Charles Halleck overthrew aging Joe Martin as his party's House floor leader. In so doing, Halleck got vital help from a small but powerful group of young insurgents, including Michigan's Gerald Ford, who wanted a more aggressive, positive leader. In Halleck, they got all the aggressiveness they could stomach, and very little positivism. Last week Jerry Ford and his rebels were out to oust Charlie Halleck, 64.

As his opening shot, Ford, 51, sent telegrams to Republicans who will be in the next House, asked them to back him against Halleck as...

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