MARTIN GETS SOME HEAVY HITTERS IN HIS CORNER VS PGA TOUR
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).