- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2000

Capital Style folds

The last issue of Capital Style magazine, which took a witty and irreverent look at Washington for the past 2 and 1/2 years, hit the newsstands yesterday.

The editorial staff of about 10 got the bad news Thursday, Editor Bill Thomas told this column.

"It's a shame," Mr. Thomas said. The magazine, which first appeared in October 1997, "was a unique thing for Washington."

Ironically, the final cover story is about comedian Chris Rock's bid to start a humor magazine at Howard University. The headline: "Big Mouth on Campus." The Howard publication is expected to debut sometime this month.

Capital Style's circulation never exceeded 62,000 and had settled into the mid- to upper-50,000 range, Mr. Thomas said. It was owned by the Economist newspaper group, which owns the British newsmagazine of the same name, as well as Roll Call. In fact, Capital Style and Roll Call shared business operations, which Mr. Thomas believes hurt the magazine. He said it needed more aggressive marketing.

"You really have to put a lot of money into marketing, and we didn't," Mr. Thomas said.

The Economist attempted to sell the magazine for two or three months, and there were two potential buyers. But the parent company decided to pull the plug last week, Mr. Thomas said.

Rebel roundup

National Reform Party leaders are trying to quell a rebellion among state affiliates hostile to Pat Buchanan by threatening to block them from voting at the national convention.

Mr. Buchanan, who is touring state conventions in pursuit of enough support to win the nomination, has run into state parties from New Hampshire to Wisconsin to California willing to change their rules to keep him out.

"We're just telling people that if they play games, their delegations will not be recognized at the national convention," party Chairman Pat Choate said yesterday. "If they're not recognized, they can't be seated and if they can't be seated, they can't vote," added convention Chairman Gerald Moan.

Some state officials see Mr. Buchanan's tour across the country as an attempt to take over the party founded by Ross Perot. Not all national party leaders are happy with him either.

On Sunday in Washington, Mr. Buchanan's sister and campaign manager, Bay, repeated the candidate's promise not to add a pro-life plank into the party platform.

She promised to think about party Secretary Jim Mangia's proposal that the candidate make a statement acknowledging differences in opinions on social issues, Mr. Mangia said.

In return, the national committee cracked down on state parties, Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman reports.

Another Giuliani foe

Former two-term congressman Joseph J. DioGuardi has entered the U.S. Senate race in New York, seeking the support of the Conservative, Right-to-Life and Independence parties.

Mr. DioGuardi, who announced his intentions Sunday, is likelier to draw votes from Rudolph W. Giuliani, the New York mayor and likely Republican candidate, than from first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic choice.

The leaders of the Conservative and Right-to-Life parties have indicated they will support Mr. DioGuardi, the New York Times reports.

"We have two social liberals in the race. There's a clear need for a conservative alternative," said Mr. DioGuardi, who represented Westchester County in Congress.

"Am I a spoiler? No. I'm in this race to win. That might spoil someone's day," he added.

A spokesman for Mr. Giuliani said the mayor might seek to force a Conservative Party primary in a bid to get his name on that line. However, to do so, Mr. Giuliani would have to win approval of the party's 51-member Executive Committee, because he is not a party member.

Polls unshaken

New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's bid for the U.S. Senate has not been affected by his announcement that he suffers from a "treatable" form of prostate cancer as he remains in a tight race with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mrs. Clinton leads Mr. Giuliani with 46 percent of those polled saying they would support her, compared with 44 percent for Mr. Giuliani, about the same as in an April 5 poll, when she led 46 percent to 43 percent, Agence France-Presse reports.

The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac College between April 24 and 30 and found no noticeable shift in voter attitudes after Thursday's announcement.

"The Senate race has been close for months, with a narrow lead switching back and forth between the two candidates. This race is still neck and neck, but Mrs. Clinton's neck is just a little longer this month," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

According to the latest poll, Mr. Giuliani leads among upstate voters 49 percent to 39 percent, and among suburban voters 52 percent to 38 percent, while he lags in his home town of New York City, where Mrs. Clinton leads solidly, 62 percent to 30 percent.

Potential candidate

"Add … Buffalo U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn to the list of potential Republican U.S. Senate candidates should Mayor Giuliani drop out of the race because of his prostate cancer," the New York Post's Fredric U. Dicker writes.

"Some powerful Republican leaders call Quinn an 'outstanding' potential candidate with a proven record of defeating Democrats, even while showing a willingness to take on the GOP a plus in a statewide race," Mr. Dicker writes.

"Quinn, 49, is a former steelworker and union member, and was the lead Republican in 1996 to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

"He was on such good terms with President Clinton in 1997 that he was invited to watch the Super Bowl at the White House.

"But his relations with the president, as well as with the first lady, went south after Quinn voted in favor of impeachment."

Michelman ill

Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), said yesterday that she is taking a three-month leave for health reasons.

"On advice from my doctors, I will be taking a three-month medical leave of absence beginning the first week of May," the Associated Press quoted Miss Michelman as saying in a statement that did not specify her condition. "This leave is necessary to concentrate on an intensive program of physical therapy."

Miss Michelman, 57, said she will return in August "to continue campaigning vigorously to elect" pro-choice candidates. She has led NARAL for 16 years.

Full-time club member

Stephen Moore will take a six-month leave of absence from the Cato Institute to be full-time president of the Club for Growth, it was announced yesterday.

Mr. Moore, an economist, has served as director of fiscal policy studies at the libertarian think tank since 1990. He has served as president of the Club for Growth on a part-time basis since 1999.

"I have decided to devote my full attention to the cause of electing pro-growth candidates to Congress," Mr. Moore said in a statement. "The promises of a fiscally responsible Congress that were made when Republicans assumed the congressional majority in 1994 have not been kept. The Club for Growth will research, identify and recommend to its members the most pro-growth congressional candidates in competitive races."

The Club for Growth outraged liberal members of the House GOP earlier this year when it targeted a number of them for defeat in Republican primaries.

Battle of the Bills

By a margin of 62 percent to 9 percent, Americans would prefer that their child grow up to be like Bill Gates rather than Bill Clinton, according to a recent Fox News/ Opinion Dynamics poll. The same respondents, by a 45 percent to 29 percent margin, think Mr. Gates has created more jobs than the president.Twenty-two percent hoped their children would grow up unlike either man.

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