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Reform Party Fails To Heal Rift

MONDAY, JAN. 27, 1997

Reform Party workers took steps toward forming a national party over the weekend, but they failed to satisfy a group of dissidents who announced they would continue to challenge any organization controlled by Ross Perot loyalists.

“The Perot Party is going down one path, but the true Democratic Reform Party is going down another,” said Ralph Copeland Jr. of Virginia, chairman of the anti-Perot faction.

Copeland’s group pledged to create an “independent” third party - thus ensuring a factional fight over Reform Party ownership.

In major action taken at the meeting, voting delegates agreed to hold a national founding convention before the end of the year and elected a leadership team to guide them to the convention.

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