Q & A on the News

By Colin Bessonette
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Sunday, February 14, 1999, page A2
� Copyright 1999 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Q: Is a transcript available of Rep. Bob Barr's speech to the Council of Conservative Citizens? --- Gerry Robinson, Lithonia

A: Apparently not. Barr (R-Ga.), who spoke to the controversial group in Charleston, S.C., in June, didn't have a speech prepared in advance, said spokesman Brad Alexander in Washington. No transcript is available from the group, either, said Gordon Baum at its St. Louis headquarters. Baum said he thought Barr had some notes scribbled on the back of an envelope, but he wasn't sure. Barr has distanced himself from the council, saying he disagrees with its racial views, which he finds "repugnant." He said he merely spoke to the group because he was invited to do so. Both Alexander and Baum said Barr's topic was presidential impeachment.