Dean Baker for Congress

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Dean Baker for Congress

Among those who may benefit from the President's determined failure at

Reykjavik to foster world peace may be a 28-year-old economics instructor from Ann Arbor named Dean Baker. As I can attest from a couple of visits to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has an exceptionally vigorous movement opposing U.S. intervention in Central America and holds Juigalpa, east of Managua, as its sister city. This past May these activists agreed that Carl Pursell, the incumbent five-term Republican Representative from the state's second Congressional district, had to be challenged. In his current term Pursell has voted for Star Wars, the MX, nerve gas and, four times, for military aid to the contras, thus provoking two sit-ins in his office, during both of which Baker was arrested. Baker has decided to take on Pursell.

The first task was to win the Democratic primary against milksop mainstreamer Donald Grimes, who had been campaigning since 1984 and had the endorsement of the state A.F.L.-C.I.O., the U.A.W., four out of five county Democratic leaders and the Detroit Free Press. Grimes spent $27,000. Urging that the United States get out of Central America, cut the military budget, gain jobs for the unemployed and increase social spending, Baker spent $3,400, and won by 416 votes. …