Debbie Dingell is no typical political spouse. Her resume includes years working for General Motors, raising money for charity, and doing political work, experience that has mostly insulated her from criticism in seeking the congressional seat that her husband, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has held for nearly half a century. Clearly, she’s no lightweight.
And we even found evidence of her early activism for this week’s installment of Throwback Thursday — in a 1973 story in the Washington Post about a student protest over a tuition hike at Georgetown University. In it, the reporter mentions a School of Foreign Service sophomore named Debbie Insley (that’s Dingell’s maiden name) who took part in the young folks’ stunt, which was selling lemons outside the building where the school’s officials were voting to raise the rates. The crazy kids apparently staged the citrus caper to call attention to what they termed “a souring of higher education.”
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