Ten months after he and two colleagues defected to the United States, Romanian gymnastic choreographer Gheza Pozsar still does not know if his wife and baby daughter will be able to join him. As of this writing, the Romanian government is still "jerking Mrs. Pozsar around," according to an individual involved in the negotiations largely overlooked since the much-publicized defection of the coaches who discovered and trained superstar Nadia Comaneci.
Washington lawyer Alan Rothenberg, Rep. Bill Archer (R-Tex.) and Archer's administrative assistant, Phil Moseley, have been quietly using the carrot and stick approach with the Romanian government to bring to the United States the family members of the three Romanians. They won a partial victory in September, when the daughter of Marta and Bella Karolly was allowed to emigrate after Rothenberg and Archer made it clear Romania might have difficulty winning most favored nation trading status. Failure to receive that status could have cost Romania millions of dollars in loans and market possibilities.
Now, the battle is joined to win the freedom of Pozsar's wife and daughter.
"Pozsar is in anguish," says Moseley. "We've been told his family was moved out of their home and presented with a bill for some gymnastic uniforms not returned following last winter's tour of the U.S."
Today Pozsar teaches gymnastics in Sacramento, and the congressman from that district, Rep. Robert Matsui (D-Calif.), has joined Archer in his efforts to pressure the Romanians. As of late last month, Mrs. Pozsar and her baby remained in Romania.
"We've been very careful not to be heavy-handed with the embassy," says Moseley. "Instead we've sought their cooperation. It seems to be more than anything the bureaucracy back home that isn't as politically sensitive."