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.Vol LXXX1, No. 66-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, August 12, 1971

T en Cents

Eight Pages

Lindsay shifts

-Associated Press
NEW YORK MAYOR John V. Lindsay is surrounled by newsmen as he announces his switch to the
Democratic party yesterday.
JOINS HIRP:
RP affiiate wth

to Dem. party;
berates Nixon
NEW YORK (R) - Mayor John V. Lindsay made his
long-anticipated switch from the Republican to the Demo-
cratic party yesterday.
"Whether this means I will run for president I do not
know," Lindsay told a news conference. At another point,
he said, "I am not at all persuaded that it would be viable
for me to become a candidate for national office."
In a statement attacking President Nixon's admin-
istration, Lindsay said the GOP "has finally become a
closed institution."
"It has stifled dissent," he 7
went on, "and driven progres-
sives from its ranks. It has
shunnod fresh ideas and dis-
couraged first voters. And it has
rejected internal reforms so that
grass-roots Republicans cannot c
challenge their present leader-
ship." )
It is axiomatic with m a n y al'
New Yorkers that Lindsay's
popularity increases the further
away he gets from the city. SAIGON A') - Vice Presi-
He has been blamed here fo r dent Nguyen Cao Ky claimed
municipal strikes, the decline this morning his disqualifi-
of the subway and other city cation from S o u t h Viet-
services, the growth of the wel-
fare rolls until one out of every nam's presidential election
8 New Yorkers is on relief, and was illegal but he indicated
a vast expansion of the city's he would not appeal.
payroll since tse took office in He contended during a news
1966. conference at the presidential
On the other hand, Lind- palace that there was no basis
say enjoys considerable politi- for the Supreme Court ruling
cal stature outside of New York. here last Thursday that his pe-
His opposition to the Vietnam titions for candidacy in the Oct.
war has won him favor among 3 balloting were invalid.
the young, and he has emerg- "No legal provision entitles
ed as a spokesman for the na- thesecretariat of the courtuto
tion's financially hard-pressed make such an arbitrary and urs-
cities. Sichasalso enjoyed good lawful decision." Ky said, add-
relations with the nation' sblack ing that for this reason he does
minorities, not recognize the validity of the
court's list of approved candi-
Democratic presidential hope- dates.
fuls generally made Lindsay The vice president's argu-
welcome in their party. Sen. ment apparently was based on
Hubert H. Humphrey (D- the fact that the rulings were
Minu., the party's last presi- made not by the full nine-mem-
dential candidate, said: "H i s ber Supreme Court but by ad-
decision to leave the Republi- ministrative officials.
can party undoubtedly reflects Although he apparently has
the views of many hundreds of decided against appealing that
thousands of voters who sup- decision, Ky declined to rule
ported the Nixon-Agnew ticket himself out of the race, but
in 1968 and have now come to said he would leave his fate to
realize that th-y made a mis- "the knowledge and the con-
take." science" of the court.

statewide thir

I By CHRIS PARKS
Ann Arbor's Radical Indepen-
dent Party (RIP) has decided to
ally itself with the state-wide
Human Rights Party {HRP) but
the precise nature of the part-
nership and its implications re-
main as yet undefined.
HRP is an independent "third
party" formed last fall to pre-
sent a more "radical" alterna-
tive to the policies of the Demo-
crats and Republicans. The party
is composed largely of disaf-
fected Democrats, most notably

Zolton Ferency, former Demo-
cratic candidate for governor.
At an open meeting last night
RIP members discussed the mer-
ger along with possible implica-
tions for the eight-month-old
Ann Arbor party.
Chief among the topics of dis-
cussion was to what extent RIP
should involve itself in a na-
tional presidential campaign
next fall. HRP is at present in-
volved in a national coalition of
third parties which is planning
on nominating a presidential

fparty
candidate for the 1972 election.
Extended debate took place
both on support of the coalition
candidate and the general con-
cept of a "third party" presi-
dential campaign.
RIP member Eric Chester
called efforts by the national co-
alition to raise a presidential
campaign "premature". The
third party movement, he said,
lacks a "solid base" for such an
effort.
Nancy Burghardt, coordinator
of RIP, however, said RIP would
"gain by being affiliated" with
a national campaign. Being able
to vote for a presidential candi-
date, she said, seems more rele-
vant to many people, than vot-
ing merely for local candidates.
In a close 10 to 8 vote the party
approved a motion to support a
third party presidential cam-
paign as a general concept, but
moved subsequently to place con-
ditions on this support.
The party, it was decided, will
not support the third party can-
didacy of anyone who maintains
ties with the Democratic Party
or who runs in any of the Demo-
cratic primaries.
Further, considerable senti-
ment was expressed among the
RIP membership to urge HRP
not to commit itself to the
coalition's candidate until the
candidate is chosen.
Other areas discussed includ-
ed the procedures to be em-
ployed in HRP meetings. It was
decided to urge the HRP to
maintain a democratically elect-
ed leadership that is "respon-
sive to the constituency of the
party."
Burghardt was chosen to rep-
resent RIP at the state conven-
tion of HRP on Sunday, Aug.
15, at Oakland Community Col-
lege.
At the convention, Burghardt
will present the RIP platform
Including its positions on non-
support of Democrats.
RIP officials maintain that
the decision to join HRP could
possibly be revoked following
the convention. This was not,
however, viewed as likely.

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-Associated Press
Flood-caused derailment
Crews continued working yesterday to clear track'on the federally
owned Alaska Railroad, blocked north. of Anchorage Monday
night when flood waters caused a derailment. The flood, north-
east of Anchorage, also has flooded 100 homes and the only road
link between Fairbanks and Anchorage.

RIP MEMBERS analyze the implications of their decision to
Join with the statewide Homan Rights Party.

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