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MARTIN GETS SOME HEAVY HITTERS IN HIS CORNER VS PGA TOUR
Published January 29, 1998
U.S. Sen Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Bob Dole joined Casey Martin on Capitol Hill yesterday, and the legislators, who were both sponsors of the '90 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), said that they "support" Martin's request to use a cart at PGA and Nike Tour events and that it "fits the intent" of their bill, according to Athelia Knight of the WASHINGTON POST. Harkin said that rules which create barriers for people with disabilities "must be changed," and Dole added that he was "pleased" with this week's ruling by an OR Federal Magistrate that the PGA Tour is a public organization and not exempt under the ADA. Dole: "The PGA does not mean Please Go Away. [Martin]'s here to stay." Martin called the support of the two "overwhelming," saying that in the golf community, he is "probably not being received with open arms right now. But, it's nice to know that I have friends in higher places" (WASH. POST, 1/29). HOP ABOARD, IT'S FILLING FAST: The Martin "bandwagon is picking up speed," according to USA TODAY's Harry Blauvelt. Greg Norman called Martin in support yesterday. Norman told Martin that he wouldn't be deposed by the PGA "because he doesn't agree with them." Court TV has "petitioned" U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin for "permission to show" Martin's trial, set to begin Monday, and both the CA legislature and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed resolutions "in support of" Martin (USA TODAY, 1/29).