Throwing Martha off the Train

Michigan's Governor stirs a storm by dropping his running mate

Is he an ingrate who exploited a woman's wide popularity to get himself * elected Governor and then dumped her when she was no longer useful to him? Or is he a courageous leader who faced up to the difficult task of telling an aging colleague that she was no longer capable of handling a high state office? Those clashing views of Democratic Governor James Blanchard have bedeviled Michigan voters ever since he dropped Lieutenant Governor Martha Griffiths, 78, as his re-election running mate.

Griffiths, a former 10-term Congresswoman who is widely revered by state Democrats, is not shy about expressing...

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