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Lewis Lehrman Leaves Reagan-Formed Citizens’ Lobby; To Consider Senate Bid

September 25, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ New York businessman Lewis Lehrman stepped down as chairman of Citizens for America Thursday and said he will decide within the next year whether to run against Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1988.

Lehrman said he decided to relinquish the chairmanship of the group, a self-styled citizens’ lobby formed by President Reagan three years ago, because the organization ″is non-partisan and many of our members are Democrats and indpendents.″

Lehrman and Gerald P. Carmen, former ambassador to Switzerland, who will succeed him as chairman of the group, spoke with reporters after calling on Reagan at the White House. Lehrman said Carmen ″will lead the organization for the foreseeable future.″

As to the Senate race, he said, ″I am going to make up my mind sometime in the next year.″

Lehrman said there was no discussion, during their meeting with the president, of the South African sanctions bill that the president is expected to veto on Friday.

Carmen, however, said, ″We will be supporting the president in whatever decision he makes.″

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