The Rev. Donald S. Harrington, 74, onetime Liberal Party leader, came out of retirement Wednesday to seek the Liberal nomination for mayor against Rudolph Giuliani, the choice of current party leaders.
"No one is going to kidnap the name and symbol of the Liberal Party to use as a camouflage for a phony-baloney fusion campaign," Mr. Harrington asserted. He characterized Giuliani, running for both the Republican and Liberal nominations, as the candidate of Reaganites who talk about fusion and pretend to be the heirs of Fiorello LaGuardia, the legendary Republican who took City Hall with multiparty backing.
The Unitarian Universalist minister denied his candidacy was a ploy to weaken Giuliani for the benefit of Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins, one of the Democratic mayoral aspirants. A poll of 508 party members, commissioned by Teamsters leader Barry Feinstein, who is backing Dinkins, indicated Monday that Giuliani could be beaten by a candidate with more traditional liberal views.