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Cranston Says He Has Cancer; Won’t Run in ’92

November 8, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., said today he has cancer of the prostate and won’t seek re-election when his term expires in 1992.

″The physicians tell me that the cancer is apparently totally curable, but immediate treatment is necessary,″ Cranston said in a statement released by his office. ″A positive factor is my otherwise robust health. Whether I face an operation or radiation therapy will be determined shortly.″

Cranston, 76, also said he would not seek another two-year term as deputy majority leader for the Congress that convenes in January.

He was first elected to the Senate in 1968 and has been elected to the No. 2 Democratic position in the Senate every year since 1977.

Cranston’s popularity among voters has plunged since he was named as one of five senators who allegedly intervened with federal regulators on behalf of savings and loan executive Charles Keating, a campaign contributor. The Senate Ethics Committee has been investigating those allegations.

Cranston had been expected to face a challenge from Sen. Wendell Ford, D- Ky., if he ran again for deputy majority leader. That office will be filled Tuesday in a caucus of Senate Democrats.

The Californian said he had pledges of support from 19 of the other 55 Democratic senators who will serve in the 102nd Congress. Another 19 with whom he has talked are uncommitted or uncertain, he said.

Cranston said the cancer was first detected by the Senate physician during a routine annual physical examination and was confirmed by a biopsy at Walter Reed Hospital on Oct. 15.

Since then, Cranston said, he has consulted specialists in New York and will undergo further consultations at Stanford University Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital within the next few days.

″I look forward to two years in the Senate free of the burdens and the perils of campaigning and fund-raising,″ Cranston said. ″I intend to make them years of great achievement for the people of California and the United States.″

Cranston serves on the Banking, Veterans’ Affairs and Foreign Relations committees and heads the subcommittee on housing.

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