POLITICAL NOTES: McNamara's Whistle

For six months, Michigan's Democratic Governor Gerhard Mennen Williams kept the state's Democratic and Republican leaders on tenterhooks. Because the vote-getting governor would not say whether he planned to run for re-election or for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Democrats did not know where to aim, and Republicans could not decide which way to shoot. Last week "Soapy" Williams' politically profitable (for Williams) game came to an end.

The whistle was blown when a Detroit salesman and school-board member named Patrick Vincent McNamara (who in 1948 shook Detroit by calling fellow members of the city council "a lot of...

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