February 17, 1996 in Nation/World

Another Buchanan Aide Tied To Supremacists Florida Woman Fired As County Chairwoman After Connection With Racist Group Discovered

Ron Word Associated Press

For the second time in as many days, a campaign aide to GOP presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan was pushed aside Friday after questions were raised about alleged ties to white supremacists.

Susan Lamb was acting Duval County chairwoman for Buchanan’s presidential campaign in Florida and also served as local leader of the National Association for the Advancement of White People.

Randy Lakel, Buchanan’s Florida campaign director, said Friday that Lamb was terminated after the campaign learned of the association. Lamb had only been in her temporary position for five days, and her file hadn’t been checked, he said.

“As soon as I found out she was a member of NAAWP, and I found out what that meant, she was terminated,” Lakel said. “There’s no room for bigotry, racism or anti-semitism. None. No room at all.”

Buchanan’s sister and campaign manager, Bay Buchanan, said on ABC that it was a “terrible conflict, and that is why we have asked her to cease and desist when she wants to refer to herself as belonging to our campaign.”

Late Friday, Lamb said she understood the decision and added she had agreed to distance herself from the campaign. “Perception is more important than reality in the world of politics,” she said.

On her home phone machine, Lamb gives out information on the organization for whites, then asks for volunteers for the Buchanan presidential campaign.

Before she was fired, Lamb said she saw no conflict in her two roles.

On Thursday, Buchanan’s national campaign co-chairman, Larry Pratt, stepped aside after reports linked him to white supremacists and right-wing militia leaders. Buchanan said he was certain the charges, which Pratt denied, were untrue.

Responding to the Pratt controversy, Buchanan said Thursday in New Hampshire: “If there’s a group supporting white supremacy in America, my country, I don’t want anything to do with this.”

The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville first reported her connection in Friday editions, and Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign distributed copies of the story to newsrooms.

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