- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Outdoing McLaughlin

Georgetown residents, we've now learned, were roused from their traditionally quiet Sunday morning "newspapers and talking heads" routine by the robust singing of the 50-man strong Cornell University Glee Club.
Before traveling back to Ithaca, N.Y., after an East Coast concert tour, the club was given a gala send-off by former member and patron Donald Weadon (class of '67) and his wife Suzie, along with invited alumni Austin Kiplinger and Undersecretary of Defense Geoff Bialos (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Attorney General Janet Reno, and Clinton National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger, all Cornell grads, were out of town).
Indoors, the club serenaded the ladies, but stepping out of the Weadon home on N Street (formerly the residence of Commerce Secretary and New Deal conscience Harry Hopkins), the members let their voices ring out into the still morning air.
"The guys got out there and sang out a storm," admits Mr. Weadon, an international lawyer who these days sings solo in the shower. "Hey, it's about time we had some lovely music in the depths of Georgetown."
No comment from the Weadon's next-door neighbor, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (a Wellesley graduate).

Rest of the story

Republican Jim Campbell has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission declaring his candidacy for Congress from Connecticut's 4th District.
Which means Mr. Campbell, a high school history teacher from New Canaan, will challenge seven-year incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays for this year's Republican nomination.
Like Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York, Mr. Campbell, before filing, formed an exploratory committee. In doing so, he educated himself (which is more than we can say for the first lady) on federal laws and regulations relating to bank loans to candidates.
Thus, when President and Mrs. Clinton, who are knee-deep in personal debt, sought to purchase a $1.7 million house in nearby Westchester County, N.Y. and Mrs. Clinton's chief fund-raiser, Terry McAuliffe, agreed to deposit $1.35 million of his own cash or securities as collateral Mr. Campbell was the first to sound the horn.
He cited Chapter 5 of the Federal Election Commission's "Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees." Under the heading "Guarantees or Endorsements," it reads: "An endorsement or guarantee of a bank loan is considered a contribution by the endorser or guarantor and is thus subject to the law's prohibitions and limits on contributions."
"I think Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McAuliffe could be in some trouble here," Mr. Campbell said at the time, pointing out that the purpose of the loan transaction was to help Mrs. Clinton get elected to the Senate as a resident of New York.
As Mr. Campbell figured it, Mrs. Clinton, for her share, would be assigned one-half of the loan $675,000.
Upon second thought, Mrs. Clinton politely declined Mr. McAuliffe's offer.

Raiding Coverdell

Chris Ingram, director of communications of Luntz Research Cos., has been promoted to senior vice president of the Arlington-based polling and communications company headed by Frank Luntz.
Mr. Ingram joined the company last year after working for a Washington-based trade association and on the staffs of Sen. Paul Coverdell and Rep. Jack Kingston, both Georgia Republicans.
Meanwhile, Amy McKinley has joined the company as project director following a two-year tenure as communications director for the National Federation of Republican Women. Before that she served as deputy press secretary to Mr. Coverdell, having succeeded Mr. Ingram.
"The word Coverdell on one's resume gets an automatic extra hard look from me," Mr. Luntz explains.

Flying pachyderms

"You were only partly right," writes Bob Timms, referring to our item yesterday on the arriving herd of 100 stone elephant planters at Philadelphia International Airport in advance of the Republican National Convention.
"True, Frank Rizzo died a Republican, but his eight years as mayor were as a Democrat a Democrat who broke party lines and befriended Richard Nixon but a Democrat."
And Philly's pachyderms brought a tear to the eye of Tom Oathout: "The way you describe them is different than the ones I remember from long ago and in another land … with old military buddies who served in Southeast Asia at different times together.
"A Marine pilot friend of mine was telling about the times he would make [elephant] runs from Vietnam to the PI," Mr. Oathout said, using an acronym for the Philippines, and also using an acronym for the elephants. "Instead of ordnance strapped to the wings of his jet, he would have these [elephants].
"Now, never having been to the PI, I didn't know if they had their own supply of [elephant], or if their supply was inferior to the ones being ferried out of Vietnam strapped to the wings of our finest fighter jets … Perhaps you've seen them.
"Those ceramic elephants of various sizes with platforms on their backs for holding anything from plants to statues to, well, anything tacky. Now try walking through the Philadelphia airport during the convention without smiling."

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