Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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DKS MOI NKS - If Republicans “get up our gumption u<’ can make 1974 a good year for the (Rand Old Party.”
I hat’s what the party's head man in the U S. house of representatives, (’ongressman •lohn Rhodes of Arizona, told Iowa Republicans at a lltlll-a-plate fundraiser at Veterans Auditorium Monday night In the early days of this country people had what they called ‘gumption’,” Rhodes explained.
"No one knew exactly what that meant — but you could tell people who had it They got up — got going — looked the odds in the eye — and did what they set out to do “We Republicans need a lot of gumption right now. We have to unite and fight We face a formidable foe You know this fall s races will be among the toughest you have ever faced ”
But Iowa is a state with ‘ long and deep Republican roots,' he said, and “going for you is a slate of good candidates" that will beat back the all-out Democratic challenge “to pick off Republicans this year.”
Rhodes and Iowa's Mary Louise Smith, newly-elected Republican national chairman, r inced no words about the GGP being in trouble in this fall’s election.
A warning sign indicating they know whereof they speak was the fact that some IMM! or so of the 87(1 place settings for the dinner were unoccupied Mrs Smith and Rhodes mildly disagreed at a news conference over the effect, of Watergate and President Ford’s pardon of former President Nixon on the campaign.
The national chairman predicted Republicans will “hold their own and with the maximum breaks will come out without amy losses ’ in congressional seats to Democrats this fall.
But Rhodes declared, “I do not concede one single seat to the Democrats except those not being contested.”
Rhodes added that in the long run “Gerry’ Ford will prove to have been right in everything he has done" in
cluding issuance of the contra versial pardon At the news conference, Rhodes accused house Democrats of delaying confirmation of Nelson Rockefeller for vice-president until after the Nov. 5 election to keep him off the campaign trail.
The former New York governor announced after his appointment by President Ford that he would not campaign until confirmed
It would be “unconscionable to recess congress in October without acting on confirmation, Rhodes said, "but it may well happen if the Democrats continue to proceed as they are now.”
Rhodes, who stepped up tit the Republican leadership when Ford was nominated for vice-president last year, said he has talked to “my good friend" House Speaker Carl Albert about speeding up the confirmation procedures.
Moreover. Rhodes said. he will continue to “badger" House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino of New Jersey for early confirmation action He predicted Rocky will find some way to hit the campaign trail if congress goes home to campaign before confirming him.
Rhodes said he was “not surprises!" * by Sen, Ted Kennedy’s announcement earlier Monday that he will
House Minority Leader John Rhodes (R-Ariz.), right, and Tom Riley, GOP candidate for Second district congressmen, chatted briefly at the Cedar Rapids airport Monday after Rhodes’ arrival here. The two then traveled to Des Moines where Rhodes, who succeeded President Ford as house minority leader, was featured speaker at a GOP fundraiser.
Michael Blouin, Democratic candidate for Second district congressman, greets a supporter in Dubuque as Congressman Thomas ‘‘Tip” O’Niell (D-Mass.) looks on. O Niell, house majority leader, was in Dubuque Saturday night to participate in a Blouin fundraising function.
not be a candidate for President or vice-president in 1978.
Seeking to cheer up the rather unenthusiastic audience, Rhodes acknowledged the GGP has “endured a long siege of political reverses,” and added
“Now. I feel, we have an opportunity to regain a lot of lost ground Gerry Ford will be a strong — and popular President He certainly has
shown he is humane and willing to tackle the toughest problems in that area “He has shown he is human. that he is decisive and a man of genuine good will, He also is a devout man, with the humility to pray for guidance and for the courage to follow his conscience.”
Rhodes, who reportedly was among GOP congressional leaders who protested to
Eastern Iowan Students Qualify As Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
EVANSTON, III - Fifty Eastern Iowa high school students were named semifinalists this week in National Merit Scholarship competition.
Approximately 15.(MHI of the nation’s high school seniors have been named semifinalists in competition for 3.40(1 college scholarships to be awarded rn 1975.
“The semifinalists represent the top one-half of one percent of the nation’s most academically talented young people,” according to Edward C. Smith, president of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Further competition will be conducted to determine the finalists.
Eastern Iowa students named semifinalists were
Cedar Rapids— Diane M. Butterfield, Kimberly Kazi-mour. Suzanne M Riley, Margaret A Thornton and Bruce G. Williams, all of Washington high school; Lea Susan Anderegg and Jon F Feller, both of Kennedy high school; Leon P. Hindman. LaSalle high school; Janice K. Stallman. Prairie high school; John M Kokontis, Regis high school; Vicki L. Fuller, Susan
“As You Like It"
Touchstone is less than happy as a beast of burden for Cella in a scene from As You Like It". Produced by the National Theater of Great Britain, the play will be presented in the University of Iowa s Hancher auditorium Oct. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 9 at I and 8 p.m. Tickets for the production are available to students and nonstudents.
M. King and David A Sunday, all of Jefferson high school
Center Point— Kenneth M
Decorah— Paul K Simonson.
Dyersville—Sharon L. Gaul, , Beckman high school.
Elkader— Denise S. Grau, Central Community high school
Garnavillo— Gary J. Lenth
(iladbrook— Julie J Jo-hannsen and Susan M Rabe.
Independence— Mary S Herrick and John E. Tanner.
Iowa City— Collyer L. Warden, James P McAdar-agh, and William Russell Paterson, of Iowa City high school; Dietrich W. Diecke, Anne E. Kane, Veronika K B. Kohler, Julia C. Korenman, James F. Oehmke, Gregory ('. Pope, James L. Sines. Hilary Strayer and Brian FC Thomas, of West high school.
Keota— Bernice A Hahn Lisbon— Anthony W Leonard.
Manchester— Thomas B. Carlson, West Delaware high school.
Marengo— Paul J. Schaf* buch, Iowa Valley high school Marion— Duane K Caylor, Linn-Mar high school.
Oxford Junction— Dianne M Hansen Postville— Audrey A. Anderson
Tama— Julie A Kramer, South Tama City high school Tipton- Byron ('. Calhoun Walker— Julie A. Smith, Conn Christian school Hest Branch— Dan W Treadway, Scattergood school Wesi I nion Becky S Knutson. Patricia A Martin arid Angela J Miller, of North Fayette County Community high school.
Williamsburg— Ann L. Huedepohl Wyoming— Erie A Rexst-ad, Midland high school.
President Ford his recommendation of Mrs. Smith to be Republican national chairman, reversed his field in Des Moines At least, he praised her highly, saying “You here in Iowa have reason for special pride.” he said with Mrs Smith seated only a few feet away, “in the choice by President Ford of your own Mary Louise Smith as the new Republican national chairman, or, as they say today. chairperson.”
Mrs. Smith, who returned from Washington for the af
fair, joined Rhodes in praising Iowa GGP candidates from Gov Robert Ray down and in calling for the election of a Republican “inflation proof” congress rather than a Democratic “veto-proof” congress.
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Flynn Sentenced to 5
SIGOURNEY—Michael Martin Flynn, of Keota, was sentenced Friday in Keokuk county district court to five years at the state penitentiary at FT. Madison.
He was sentenced on three counts; unlawful and malicious injury to or defacing a
Years by Keokuk Jury
building, injuring or terrizing inhabitants of a dwelling, and injury to a vehicle, all sentences to be served concurrently.
Flynn was accused of shooting out the windows of a Keota marshal’s home in late March.
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Rhodes To GOP:
Get Up Gumption’
Th? Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Sept. 24, 1974