RNC Member's Resignation Sought

Associated Press
Monday, January 25, 1999, 10:40PM EST
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COLUMBIA, 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 white supremacy.

``No one should be duped into believing they are mainstream conservatives,'' Jay Kaiman, the league's Southeast director, said of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

The 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.

Witherspoon, an orthodontist from Columbia, refused the league's request just as he refused Nicholson.

He said the group is made of constituents concerned with conservative and Southern causes, especially the right to display the Confederate flag.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, fights anti-Semitism.

Senate 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.