- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 29, 1999

A slick ruling

The name "Slick Willy" belongs exclusively to President Clinton, the Commerce Department has ruled.
Jack Wagner, an Illinois businessman whose company sells Slick Willy merchandise that makes fun of the president, had wanted to trademark the name.
Trademark examiner Karen Bush told the businessman in an official letter: "The evidence clearly shows that the name Slick Willy is a nickname which refers to President Bill Clinton. Furthermore, the evidence shows that the nickname is not a complimentary name, and is used in a disparaging manner, indicating that the president has a lack of character."
Mr. Wagner's firm sells cigars, hats, T-shirts and posters that lampoon Mr. Clinton, the New York Post reports. The ruling will not prevent him from continuing to do so.
Three other businesses have tried and failed to patent the name one a maker of condoms.
Said Mr. Wagner: "As far as I'm concerned, the federal government has now said that Bill Clinton and Slick Willy are the same people. His own administration said that's his nickname."

Web fund raising

The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, announced yesterday that it had broken the $1 million barrier for contributions over the Internet.
"I am very encouraged by the fund-raising marker that we've hit through my campaign Web site," Mr. McCain said. "The Internet has proven to be the campaign tool of the new millennium. We've had tremendous success recruiting campaign volunteers, spreading our message of reform, and raising funds. With the Internet, this campaign has no boundaries."
Since the campaign began Internet fund raising in May, the campaign has raised more than $1 million from 12,255 contributors on the Web site, with an average contribution of $100, according to the McCain team.

Monica weighs in

A trimmed-down Monica Lewinsky has signed on to be a spokeswoman for the struggling diet company Jenny Craig Inc. But don't ask what she weighs (or what she's being paid.)
Miss Lewinsky, the former White House intern at the center of the scandal that led to President Clinton's impeachment, claims to have lost 31 pounds so far on the Jenny Craig plan, which she began in the summer.
Miss Lewinsky's current weight and her target weight were not disclosed, the Associated Press reports.
Officials at financially struggling Jenny Craig were not concerned that Miss Lewinsky, now 26, gained notoriety as the woman who nearly brought down the presidency, company spokesman Brian Luscomb said yesterday.
"It's the best way to share the stories of our successful clients," Mr. Luscomb said.
The commercials are part of a $7.2 million advertising campaign and were scheduled to begin airing Sunday.
Terms of Miss Lewinsky's contract were not disclosed.

'Corn Man'

New York Times columnist Gail Collins listed the item below under the category "Brand-new political phenomena we would like to see nipped in the bud."
"The Corn Man. The following is a genuine press release from the Al Gore campaign: 'Today Iowans for Gore released the statements of Corn Man, the six-foot-tall piece of corn who's stalking Bill Bradley … who is expected to continue his reluctance to talk ag issues by avoiding tonight's agricultural debate at Iowa State University.' "
The columnist added: "We should also make it illegal for any candidate whose opponent shows up for three debates a month to complain about said candidate's failure to come to debates."

Challenger emerges

The mayor of Cherry Hill, N.J., apparently has heard the pleas of national Democrats and will challenge Republican Rep. H. James Saxton next year.
Susan Bass Levin has told fellow Democrats she is "90 percent sure" she will run against the eight-term incumbent, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
"Though Saxton, from Mount Holly, enters the campaign as the favorite, Levin would be the kind of high-profile, well-funded candidate who could make the race competitive," reporter Tom Turcol said.
A number of prominent Democrats, including Rhode Island Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have tried to recruit the mayor for the congressional contest.

Faulty memory

Al Gore has always liked to take partial credit for Hubert H. Humphrey's presidential nomination acceptance speech at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. But now the vice president concedes he may have been wrong.
As Mr. Gore liked to tell the story, he had been interviewed the day before Mr. Humphrey's speech by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Charles Bartlett, who wanted to know "what people my age thought about the war" in Vietnam. Mr. Bartlett went on to help Mr. Humphrey write his acceptance speech and obviously included some of the young Mr. Gore's ideas, the vice president often has said.
Just one problem: Mr. Bartlett told The Washington Post that he did not know Mr. Humphrey and had nothing to do with the speech.
"Faulty memory. Faulty memory," Mr. Gore told the newspaper, quickly backing away from the story.

Youthful candidate

He may be too young to vote, but 17-year-old Derrick Seaver is the sole Democrat running for a vacant Ohio legislative seat, the Dayton Daily News reported yesterday.
Three Republicans, all in their 30s, have announced plans to seek their party's nomination to represent the predominantly Republican west-central Ohio district that includes Wapakoneta, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
Mr. Seaver, a senior at Minster High School who turns the requisite age of 18 on Feb. 6, said his conservative views on abortion and gun control may not agree with most Democrats' views.
"I know my opponents will talk about what they've done in the past and what I haven't, but I feel this is about the future," Mr. Seaver told the newspaper.
The filing deadline for the March 7 primary is Jan. 7.

A lettered gift

Massachusetts Gov. Paul Celluci, a Republican, chose an unlikely Christmas gift for leading Democrats in the state legislature, the Boston Globe reports.
Mr. Celluci gave copies of former President George Bush's recently published book of letters, "All the Best, George Bush: My Life and Other Writings," to Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham and House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran.
Somewhere deep in the book is a letter Mr. Bush wrote to Mr. Celluci in 1992, thanking him for his hard work in the presidential primary race.
"I just think he thought they would find it enjoyable," a Celluci aide told the Globe while denying that the governor has any plans to join a future Bush administration.

Another rip-off

Alan Caruba, presidential candidate of the Boring Party, says Donald Trump stole his idea for a national defense lottery.
"Trump's new book reportedly says he proposes a lotto to fund an anti-terrorism effort, but I have been on record for months with my proposal to end taxes by replacing them with a USA Lotto," said Mr. Caruba, founder of the Boring Institute.
Mr. Caruba's campaign motto is "Elect Me and Ignore Me."

Fully qualified

"This guy John Rocker, he's so hated in New York, why he could run for Senate," David Letterman says.

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