THE PEROT BACKLASH

Ross Perot has been breaking promises at such a rate that his Reform Party allies are starting to desert him. First one broken: that he'd name a running mate "in just a few days" after his nomination. Perot has been rejected by House members ranging from Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, a liberal, to Linda Smith of Washington State, a conservative. He plans to concentrate on the 65 members of Congress retiring this year.

Even rank-and-file Reformers are snubbing Perot. Some think his decision to accept nearly $30 million in taxpayers' money is a raid on the very Treasury he complains is...

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