Pennsylvania: Starting at the Top

"The trouble with Milton Shapp," Pennsylvania's Democratic Chief David Lawrence was once heard to grumble, "is that he wants to start at the top." What Milton wants, Democratic panjandrums learned to their dismay last week, Milton gets. With the money, smooth organization and stubborn resolve to achieve his aim, Democrat Shapp shellacked his party's machine-backed gubernatorial nominee by al most 50,000 votes.

A slight, stooped electrical engineer, Shapp, 53, parlayed an investment of $500 into the Jerrold Corp., a multi-million-dollar electronics firm. He had hankered for political office for years, only to be given the polite brushoff by politicians more interested...

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