Michigan: Calling Saigon

If it was a foregone conclusion, it was nonetheless handled with flair. Decked out in a grey-silk robe and red slippers, Michigan's Republican Representative Robert Griffin picked up the telephone in a Saigon villa. At the other end of the microwave-relay hookup was G.O.P. Governor George Romney in Lansing. Thus did Griffin, in Viet Nam with a House subcommittee investigating the AID program, learn of his appointment last week to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Democrat Pat McNamara.

In his five terms in the House, the lean, bespectacled...

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