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Civil Rights Commission Candidate Suffered Heart Attack

November 7, 1989

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) _ Art Fletcher, President Bush’s choice to head the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, said Monday that he suffered a mild heart attack last week and he expects to remain hospitalized until Thursday.

Fletcher, 64, said he still wants the Civil Rights Commission job. He would succeed William B. Allen, whose resignation was accepted by Bush last month.

Fletcher was in Yakima to participate in a conference. He was hospitalized Friday complaining of chest pains, and test results over the weekend confirmed he suffered a mild heart attack, he said in a statement.

Jennifer Woodkey, a spokeswoman for St. Elizabeth Medical Center, said Fletcher remained in satisfactory condition and was resting.

Flether also suffered a heart attack six years ago.