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Wednesday, June 16.' 976

Rizzo recall petitions filed

tics of Mayor Frank Rizzo, a
one-time city cop who rode a
wave of law-and-order support
to two mayoral election victor-
ies, filed petitions yesterday
asking for his recall. They
claim he lied about the city's
finances to win easy re-elec-
The petitions with 209,000 sig-
natures were filed with the
City Board of Elections after
a 60-day petition - collecting
drive by a coalition of anti-
Rizzo forces with a long list
of complaints.
IF THE commissioners rule
that enough signatures are val-
id - 145,000 are needed-Rizzo
would face a referendum to de-
termine whether he stays in
'V The last mayoral recall elec-
tion in a major city occurred
last year in Seattle, but Mayor
Q-YWes Uhlman won. The last suc-
cessful recall in a big city was
in Los Angeles in 1938 when
Mayor Frank Shaw was recall-
r - ed because of his role in a
scandal involving acceptance of
payoffs fror racketeers.
Supporters of the 55 - year-
old mayor denounce the effort
as unconstitutional, saying it
would permit a minority to set
aside the decision of a major-
RIZZO critics insist the pro-
cedure is legal under the Phila-
delphia Home Rule Charter.
High times That provides a recall can be
Far above the streets of Boston, John Otto spreads a fresh launched with signattres of at
least 25 per cent of the voter
coat of paint on the Customs House Clock. The timepiece is turnout in the previous elec-
reported to have the largest clock face in the United States. tion.
State law binds delegates to candidates
LANSING (UPI) - Michigan against the two ballot commit- lease from the governor would
delegates to the Democratic ment "unless I hear different- be fine, unless it would be a
national convention pledged to ly from Governor Wallace." tight race."
Morris Udall and George Wal- "Who's going to come out Cullers said it was "only a
lace apparently are still oblig- there and put you in jail?" he matter of time until Carter had
ed to stick with their candi- said. "I can't imagine what the nomination anyway" and
dates for two ballots - even they'd do to you if you didn't said Wallace's move to support
though Jimmy Carter has a stay with them for two ballots. him was "a good political
fir-t ban nnmtinntin d vA cn =rY

The three-member board has
15 days to check the signatures,
and if enough are certified as
valid, Rizzo would have 10
days to decide to resign or face
a "yes-no" recall vote which,
barring legal delays, could be
held as early as Oct. 10.
Rizzo, a former cop who
worked up to police commis-
sioner, has been a controver-
sial figure ever since he came
on the political scene, the per-
sonal choice of former Mayor
James Tate to be his succes-
sor. Tate later broke with Rizzo
and is backing the recall effort.
RIZZO, calling his opponents
"bleeding hearts, dangerous
radicals, pinkos and faggots,"
took control of the city Demo-
cratic organization after it
sought to dump him because
he backed Republicans for
some offices and once called
Richard Nixon the greatest
American president.
Rizzo campaigned last year
on a slogan that he held taxes
down. But a month after he
was re-elected with 57 per cent
of the vote against two oppon-
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eats, he admitted a budget defi-
cit of nearly $100 million.
ANOTIEIR charge against
Rizzo arose from a demonstra-
tion in March outside the Phila-
delphia Inquirer, which had
ridiculed the mayor in a satiri-
cal article.
Rizzo filed a $6-million libel
suit. A few dys later several
hundred pro-Rizzo construction
union members surrounded the
Inquirer, prevented distribution
of two editions and beat up two
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rsi oaio nomination sewea
Under Michigan law, dele-
gates are committed for two
ballots unless a candidate
formally releases all his dele-
gates by withdrawing from the
race or issues a written release
to the delegation.
UDALL, in announcing his
support for Carter, said his
delegates were free to back the
former Georgia governor. But
he did not issue a blanket re-
lease which fulfills the Michi-
gan requirements.
Wallace, likewise jumped on
the Carter bandwagon but also
has not issued a formal, writ-
ten release.
Carter won 69 delegates in
Michigan's May 18 presidential
primary, compared with 59 for
Udall, two for Wallace and four
ART CULLERS, Wallace's
Michigan campaign director
and one of his two delegates,
said he would vote for Carter
on the first ballot despite the
two ballot rule.
In a telephone interview
Cullers said he was not happy
about having to vote for Car-
ter, but would comply with
Wallace's wishes anyway.
"Carter was not my choice,
bat I have been a port of
Governor Wallace's campaign
for a number of years and I
will go along with it," Cullers
"HUT THAT'S the only way I
would have done it - if the
governor asked us to. I
wouldn't have done it volun-
Cullers said he would go

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