Monday, January 25, 1999, 10:40PM EST
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S.C. (AP) -- The Anti-Defamation League on Monday called for a
Republican National Committee member from South Carolina to resign
from a conservative group accused of supporting the notion of
one should be duped into believing they are mainstream conservatives,''
Jay Kaiman, the league's Southeast director, said of the Council
of Conservative Citizens.
league Monday called for Buddy Witherspoon of Lexington to resign
from the council. Last week, RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson urged
Republicans to withdraw. He directly appealed to Witherspoon.
an orthodontist from Columbia, refused the league's request just
as he refused Nicholson.
the group is made of constituents concerned with conservative
and Southern causes, especially the right to display the Confederate
Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, fights anti-Semitism.
Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga.,
have both distanced themselves from the group and its views after
reports that they spoke at council meetings.