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Page 6-Saturday, August 12, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Kucinich aces recall test Sunday
CLEVELAND (AP) - Just nine man- mayor" battling special interests trying Richard Hongisto.
ths after he took office, Mayor Dennis to keep him from bringing Cleveland BUT THE MAYOR also had troubles
Kucinich is again campaigning honest government and from defending after he referred to city councilmen as
furiously, this time before an electorate the poor and the working man. "idiots" and with city finances. Just
being asked to decide his political sur- ONE KUCINICH campaign commer- yesterday, a newspaper report said an
vival. cial shows several well-heeled men, audit had found he used $17 million in
On Sunday, Cleveland voters will representing unidentified special inter- city funds to cover overspending, a
mark paper ballots answering a single sts, cutting up a cake shaped like City method used by his Republican
question: "For the recall of Dennis Hall. predecessor.
Kucinich" of "Against the recall of Den- His opponents - and they include the In his nine months in office, Kucinich
nis Kuciich. city's major newspapers, most of the also has purged City Hall of more than
KUCINICH, at 31 the youngest mayor City Council, the majority Democratic 200 workers he contended were political
this troubled city has ever had, is also Party and some unions - argue that the hacks, directed snow removal in four
the first Cleveland mayor to face a brash young mayor has brought major storms, coped with two police
recall election. Cleveland to the brink of collapse, that strikes and a wildcat walkout by
Prognosticators say the election is too he is unable to govern and that his aides mechanics and set a record with 26
close to call. Pre-election polls give are inexperienced and arrogant. vetoes of legislation adopted by the all-
Kuciich from one- to 10-point leads. but Immersed in Cleveland politics since Democratic City Council.
also show that 11 per cent to 26 per cent 1967, Kucincih capitalized on confron- Overshadowing all the turmoil is the
of the city's 287,000 registered voters are lation and media attention to build his city's financial plight. Twice this sum-
undecided. Recall proponents claim career. He took office on Nov. 14, 1977, mer, Moody's Investor Service has
they are making last-minute gains. after winning election by a margin of lowered Cleveland's credit rating, and
Kucunch, a maverick Democrat who less than two per cent, and almost im- Standard & Poor's has suspended its Kucinich
seems to thrive on crises, ran for mayor mediately was beset with troubles. The rating of the city's general-obligation
last year against his party's "bosses" recall drive itself began last spring after bonds.
and is running against them again now. he fired - on live television - the THE CITY MUST upgrade investor moeyetroubles and this fall must im-
He pictures himself as a "people's popular police chief he had selected, confidence in Cleveland or face the K ihas au, p-ni -

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possibility of default on about $15.5.
million in notes scheduled to be refinan-
ced later in the year.
It could-fail to meet payrolls this fall,
and an independent audit - yet to be
issued but part of which was published in
the Cleveland Plain Dealer yesterday -
shows $52 million shifted from city
treasury accounts, mostly from capital
improvement bond funds.
City schools, under control of an in-
dependent board, also have serious

About 40 per cent of Cleveland's
registered voters are black, and there
has been divisiveness between the
predominantly white west side and
mostly black east side.
Opponents of Kucinich have accused
the mayor of injecting racism in the
recall election campaign by prominently
mentioning black City Council President
George Forbes in ads. Kucinich has ac-
cused Forbes of engaging in "racial
smear attacks."

Carter to Congress: Give
ERA ratification more time

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WASHINGTON (UPI) - President
Carter urged Congress yesterday to vote
for extension of the time for ratification
of the equal rights amendment (ERA)
and to turn down efforts to include the
right of retraction by state legislatures
that have already approved the amen-
Meeting with members of Congress in
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the Cabinet Room, Carter said that
failure to approve the extension "would
send a signal to state legislatures that
we don't care about women's rights."
CARTER SAID that Congress has
faced "very difficult, politically ex-
plosive decisions in the past, and when it
comes to basic principle, it has always
acted courageously, and it's courage has
been rewarded."
He said that even after the Civil War
when "tens of thousands were killed, the
blacks had to wait another 100 years" for
"It's a simple amendment that has
been highly distorted by those who op-
poseit," he added.
"THOSE WHO say that if it does not
pass Congress the state legislatures
will act on women's rights are wrong,"
"I think it's important the extension
be granted. It is within the purview of
Congress and there is nothing in the
Constitution to prevent it. This ought to
He also reminded the delegation that
Congress has always turned down the
right of recission. This provision would
permit state legislatures to retract their
original vote for ratification.

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