TWO hundred people were gathered at Georgetown University recently to hear Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm talk about immigration reform. Suddenly, a well-dressed man in the third row of the auditorium stood up and began shouting: ``You're just spreading neo-Nazi ideology!''
The governor tried to restore order, but the hullabaloo continued. Finally, as a uniformed guard dragged the protester from the room, the man yelled one final message: ``Lyndon LaRouche has the answers!''
Lyndon LaRouche. It's a name that has hovered on the fringes of American politics for more than 20 years. Now, after scoring a startling political upset in Illinois, the LaRouche forces are suddenly front and center in the 1986 elections (Democrats' plans in Illinois: Page 5).
Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., who calls himself a Democrat, has run several times for the White House and is already officially in the race for 1988. But he remains a mysterious figure to most Americans.
The news media have trouble placing him. He's been called everything from an ``arch conservative'' to a ``far leftist.'' Opponents hurl inflammatory charges at him: ``anti-Semite,'' ``conspiracy monger,'' ``oddball,'' ``brown shirt.''
Mr. LaRouche throws the names right back at his critics. But his primary focus amid the rumble of charge and countercharge has been on economic and defense issues. He is a champion of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). He favors a Franklin D. Roosevelt-style, low-interest economic program to bolster American industry and agriculture. He wants an all-out war on drug pushers. And he demands nationwide screening to counteract the dis-ease AIDS (Acquired Immune Difficiency Syndrome).
His supporters complain that newspapers and television have conducted a blackout against LaRouche and his ideas. Melvin Klenetsky, a LaRouche aide, says this is one reason many of his supporters resort to disruptive tactics, as they have on occasion with Governor Lamm, to get attention.
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