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July 4, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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11 July 3, lrTS f at Morn'o's Imam, 303 E. Maia St. has l ,v w, mke. tl mlm a bh'd a the plant grew m Is au mdy's - 4 miles west of Westoa Selection of quality Built Homes Uud modulm- cm display and lighted lar your ceavenience Weekdays 8:00 - 7:30 Phone 2e0-1510 !MW.Va. Mobile Home Association by Capitol Hill Hews Servke At first glance the two-page newsletter appeared to be no different from those millions of families receive in the mail each year from their representatives in Washington. A smiling, bow-tied congressman, ear pres~x] to a phone, was pictured against a Capitol backdrop. The slogan "As close to You as Your Telephone" underlined the masthead, which proclaimed in bold letters "YOUR CONGRESSMAN PRANK CLARK REPORTS." There followed summaries of bills Clark said he sponsored, pictures with constituents and the addresses of his offices in Washington and on Main S~, Bessemer, both of which, he informed the reader were open as business "as usual." Standard coml~'esslonal fare in every respect, save The man who identified himself as "your congremmaa" la the frmdmd letters sent to 90,O00 facile, in Wemern Peans3 nta'. Cea e- sional District wasn't their c~m- -. / ~t Recent photo of newly installed officers for Order of the Eastern Star, Glenvflle Chap~ 9, front row [I-r] Durts ~lmm Adams, electa; Jeanne Kennedy, martha; Jack Whiting, associate patron; Nancy Whiting, associate matron; Mary i~ly~L worthy matron; Donald Loudin, worthy patron: Lorraine Small, associate conductress; and Marge Burke. Second row [l-r] Tanya Turner, ads; Elsie Klrkpatrtck, secretary; Bea Roberts, ester; Lanina Reed, ruth; Irene Ware, warder; Denver Roberts, sentinel; JoAnn Boilon, marshall; Sue lamdln, conductress: Je~ Spurgeou, orgaalst; and ysou. man who replaced Oark, ReimbUcan Rap. Gary Myers, charges that the newsletter has caused a "great deal of confusion" among 2Sth man, or anyone elsa's, anymore. District residents and has interfered He is a defeated, 10 term with his ability to handle constituent c~m~p-es~mum, out of office since Jan. cuework. 14, who wants his job back and who Myers, a former steel plant foreman, has been in a quandr~ over what to do with mail addressed to Clark that he's been receiving. He said he fears that much of the mail being sent to his office with Clark's name on it may deal with constituent problems that won't be handled properly if the letters are forwarded to Clark. But Myers was informed by the }louse postmaster that former members are entitled to pick up their mail at the House for six months after they leave office, and the freshman lawmaker is now sending Clark's mail back to the House postal service. Myer's problem don't end there. He says he's been contacted by several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Army. which have received letters from Clark on congressional stationery asking them to deal with casework. Myers says he's directed the agencies to deal with his constituents' problems as expeditiously as possible. For his part. Clark categorically denies that he has violated any federal laws. "Everybody knows that I was defeated. I'm Frank Clark. Let's not nitpick.'" he said. Responding to Myers' charges, Clark says: "Myers would be upset if he couldn't find the bathroom. Myers Will complain about anything. .It's political and you know it." took advantage of an obscure congressional regulation that grants former congressmen franking (free postage} privileges for 90 days after leaving office. While observers can't recall any other ex-congressmen using the 90 day franking privilege on such a massive scale, the mailing of the newsletters appears to be well Within the law. But where Clark may have gotten imse . into ,o.ma . al tro,ble was _.by using the woras ' your congressman and failing to inform readers anywhere in his newsletter that he is no longer their cor~gressman~ Calling the newsletter "'bizarre." U.S. Atty. Richard Thornburgh says he is investigating Clark for possible violation of a federal criminal statute prohibiting impersonation of a federal official. "It's clearly a fraud," said Thornburgh. whose jurisdiction in- cludes Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, "but it's a question of how serious a violation it is." The U.S. Criminal Code provides penalties for "whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee of the United States or tries to obtain anything of value through such impersonation." It has been applied to impersonation of members of Congress and to cases where no monetary gain was realized. 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