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Atlanta Drug Scandal Won’t Mar Demo Convention, Kirk Says

June 10, 1987

ATLANTA (AP) _ Democratic National Chairman Paul Kirk said Wednesday that he was not concerned that allegations of drug use involving prominent Atlanta political figures might mar the party’s 1988 convention here.

Speaking briefly with reporters after attending a meeting of Atlanta ’88, the convention planning committee, Kirk said he had not heard concern expressed about the problem in his travels elsewhere across the nation.

″I think people think it’s an unfortunate turn of events but that this will quickly pass and we’ll get on with the city’s business, the party’s business,″ Kirk said.

A federal grand jury is investigating the response of city officials to the allegations by Alice Bond, wife of former state Sen. Julian Bond, that her husband used cocaine regularly.

Of particular concern is whether Mayor Andrew Young obstructed justice by calling Mrs. Bond, urging her not to spread unfounded rumors about her husband. Young said he said he made the call as a family friend, not to keep her from cooperating with authorities.

Kirk said that when he met privately with Young earlier Wednesday the drug case was discussed ″very little.″

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