- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2000

Hillary's woes

A new book charges that Hillary Rodham Clinton used an anti-Semitic slur against one of her husband's campaign aides on the night Mr. Clinton lost a race for Congress in 1974.

Mrs. Clinton called the aide, Paul Fray, a "Jew bastard," according to the forthcoming book "State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton" by Jerry Oppenheimer. The book is due out tomorrow, but Matt Drudge described the book's revelation on his Internet site Friday.

At a hastily scheduled news conference yesterday, Mrs. Clinton said, "I wanted to unequivocally state it never happened." She said "there's a history of these kinds of charges coming from the people in question. They've been false in the past. They're false now."

However, Mary Lee Fray, wife of the campaign aide, affirmed the account in an interview with the New York Post.

"It was an ugly night with a lot of yelling and screaming," Mrs. Fray said. Mrs. Clinton blamed Mr. Fray for Mr. Clinton's defeat.

"She could have called him a greasy-haired redneck, or ugly, or pimple-faced, but she chose to hurt him in a different way."

Morris' perspective

Dick Morris, who worked as a political consultant to the Clintons when they were in the Arkansas Governor's Mansion and during Mr. Clinton's presidential re-election effort, says he believes the story that Mrs. Clinton once called a campaign aide a "Jew bastard."
Mrs. Clinton always seemed self-conscious around Jewish people, Mr. Morris said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
"Well, you know, I don't think Hillary is an anti-Semite, but I do think that she has, in my dealings with her, she's always had a consciousness that she's talking to somebody who's Jewish," Mr. Morris said.
"She knew that I was Jewish, and sometimes we'd joke that every time I had dinner at the Governor's Mansion, they'd always serve pork. And she'd always apologize, and I would always say, 'No, I like ham, and I like pork and I like bacon. Don't worry about it.' And by the fourth or fifth time, I said, 'You know, every time we have dinner, you do this.'
"But there was one occasion which was less funny. We were having an intense, hot and heavy debate … over what my fee would be, and she snapped at me and she said, 'Money, that's all you people care about is money.' And I felt very offended by that, and stiffened, and I said, 'By money, Hillary, by you people, I assume you mean political consultants?'
"And she said, 'Oh, yes, of course that's what I meant.' But it wasn't what I thought she meant. So I've no difficulty believing it. On the other hand, in her public life, there's been not a slightest notion of anti-Semitism, and probably her mentor through all the years was Bernie Nussbaum, a Jewish lawyer in New York."

No litmus test

Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson readily concedes George W. Bush will be at odds with the anti-abortion plank in the Republican platform if he follows through with his pledge not to use a litmus test for the appointment of federal judges.
But Mr. Thompson, chairman of the platform committee for the Republican National Convention, doesn't believe that's a problem.
"There's no question that Gov. Bush and I agree with him said there's going to be no litmus test for appointments," Mr. Thompson said Saturday on CNN's "Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields."
He added: "I think that's good for the party."
Mr. Thompson went on to say: "Sometimes a candidate is not going to be able to embrace the Republican platform in all instances. And I am fairly confident that the voters understand that."

No matter what

If George W. Bush chooses a pro-choice running mate, there probably will be no lasting repercussions, says Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson.
"I think the Republicans are so hungry to elect the next president of the United States and have him be a Republican, that I think they would be upset, maybe, at the beginning," Mr. Thompson said on CNN.
He added: "But when it's all said and done, I think they're going to be very supportive of our candidate… . I'm confident that the Republican Party will endorse and unify behind George Bush, no matter who he picks."
Mr. Thompson insists he is not scared off by warnings from James C. Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, who thinks many Christian conservatives will boycott the general election if the No. 2 person on the Republican ticket is pro-choice.
"I like the good doctor," Mr. Thompson said of Mr. Dobson. "But I think when you compare George Bush to Al Gore, that any common-sense Republican or independent voter is going to say, 'We want George W. Bush to be elected president, and we are going to go along with his best judgment,' whether he picks a pro-choice or pro-life candidate for vice president."

Barr's foes

Months ago, during the first of several chummy debates, Rep. Bob Barr's three Democratic challengers made a profound discovery: They agree on almost everything, the Associated Press reports.
So, rather than spar over issues, the Democratic primary battle has centered on who has what it takes to unseat the outspoken Republican incumbent, known best for his criticism of President Clinton's behavior in office.
Millionaire businessman Roger Kahn boasts a war chest topping $1 million. Former Atlanta policeman Chip Warren has sewn up endorsements from virtually every major union. And Jim Williams offers the experience of an impressive earlier attempt.
Democrats will weigh these weapons tomorrow when they vote in the Democratic primary for Georgia's 7th District, which stretches from the Atlanta suburbs to northwest Georgia. Mr. Barr is unopposed for the GOP nomination.
Even tomorrow's vote might not settle things. There will be a two-way runoff if no candidate gets a majority.

Warning of violence

Dozens of activists who are determined to speak out in downtown Los Angeles during the Democratic National Convention say the city is writing a prescription for violence by labeling some of them as unruly anarchists while arming city police with rubber bullets and pepper spray, Scripps Howard News Service reports.
Activists from groups such as the Ruckus Society of Berkeley, Calif., complained last week about the city's rejection of an application to protest in Pershing Square, a downtown gathering place. They objected to the city's establishment of a no-access zone around the Staples Center, where the convention will be held. And they complained of plans to use pepper spray and rubber bullets to control unruly protesters.
Several activists directed their criticisms at Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who recently wrote a newspaper column that characterized the D2K Network's Web site, as a kind of headquarters for anarchists. D2K is an umbrella organization composed of many different activist groups interested in protesting while Democrats are in Los Angeles the week of Aug. 14.
State Sen. Tom Hayden, a leader of rioters at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, said Mr. Riordan is on "a collision course with the demonstrators, which will cause the nightmare he says he's trying to prevent."

Timing is everything

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said yesterday a vote on permanent trade relations with China probably will not occur until September or later.
Perhaps not coincidentally, that would force Senate Democrats to vote in the middle of a presidential election on an issue that divides their party.
"We have other work to do. We have to do the people's business," Mr. Lott said on "Fox News Sunday." Senate Democrats have been pushing for a vote sometime this month.

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