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Martha Mitchell back on the telephone again

By Helen Thomas

Martha Mitchell says she is sick and tired of politics and has threatened to leave her husband unless he gets out of the political arena.

"I gave him an ultimatum," the wife of former Attorney General John N. Mitchell told a UPI reporter in a telephone conversation from Newport Beach, Calif., Thursday night.

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Mitchell, contacted at his Washington apartment, took his wife's latest phone tirade in good stride.

"She's great," he said. "That little sweetheart. I love her so much. She gets a little upset about politics, but she loves me and I love her and thats what counts."

Mrs. Mitchell's phone call, which she initiated, was ended abruptly when someone apparently grabbed the phone from her hand. She was heard to say: "You just get away."

Attempts to regain the broken connection failed when an operator said Mrs. Mitchell is indisposed and cannot talk.

Mitchell said his wife's daughter and a secretary were with her in Newport Beach and it was probably one of them who terminated the call.

Mitchell explained that his wife wants him to return to his highly successful New York law practice.

"Martha has never been happy with me in politics." he said. "We have a compact. We have agreed were going to get the hell out of this gambit. We arent going to be in Washington after Nov. 7. Were going to leave lock stock and barrel. We have that understanding. Were going to get out of this rat race. We have no interest."

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