A state POW group is accusing Sen. Jesse Helms of abandoning its cause and drifting from the politics on which he built his reputation.
The POW/MIA Grassroots Association has vowed to try to help defeat the North Carolina Republican in his bid for reelection next year if he does not make some changes.
“Unless Helms changes his attitude … these next two years will be the most miserable two years he has spent,” said Linda Gurganus, head of the group. “We will hound him.”
The group wants Helms to fire retired Adm. James W. Nance as staff director on the Foreign Relations Committee. In 1992, Nance fired nine of Helms’ aides on the committee, including two who were devoted to POW inquiries and often traveled to Southeast Asia.