- The Washington Times - Friday, September 15, 2000

Gore mole

If you like typos, you'll be amused by the letter Tom Feeney and John McKay speaker designate and senate president designate of the Republican Party of Florida respectively sent to 100 members of the Florida Victory Committee as well as to sponsors of this year's Republican National Convention.

"Thank you for your participation in the 2000 National Convention in Philadelphia," begins the letter, typed on Republican Party of Florida stationery. "This will defiantly be a week to remember as we nominate George W. Bush as the next president of the United States."

Impromptu rally

The the vice president's motorcade through southwest Ohio toward a rally in Middletown this week.

"As I was heading back to work [GE Aircraft Engines] after lunch," Steve Warfield of Warren County, Ohio, writes to this column, "I was stopped at the bottom of an I-75 on ramp by two of Ohio's finest, blocking traffic.

"After about 20 minutes of waiting, I decided to call my wife to see what she was doing. She said that she was stopped in traffic at an I-75 overpass by the Gore campaign motorcade heading south in my direction… .

"I realized just then that I had a trunk full of Bush yard signs, so I got out of my car and walked down the ramp to inform the other detainees what the hold up was and ask if they needed a sign. I succeeded in giving out several signs to hold up just moments before [Al Gore] went by."

Wynn with Gore

Top officials of the Senior Executives Association have "grave concerns" about statements and recommendations made during a recent senior leadership meeting of Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government/EEOC Interagency Federal EEO Task Force.

In a letter to task force head Karen Freeman that we obtained, Carol A. Bonosaro and G. Jerry Shaw stated, "During this meeting several issues were raised that cause us concern." Miss Bonosaro is president and Mr. Shaw is general counsel of the SEA, which represents executive, senior level and career members of the federal government.

While the SEA stresses that it is firmly committed to the principle of a federal government free of unlawful discrimination, it finds troubling two concepts discussed at the meeting by a congressman in attendance, Rep. Albert R. Wynn, Maryland Democrat.

(The same Mr. Wynn whose estranged wife, Jessie Wynn, is currently working to elect his opponent, John Kimble. She holds up at Kimble campaign rallies a banner that declares: "Al Wynn left his black wife and child for a white woman." But that's another story).

According to the SEA, Mr. Wynn stated at the meeting that there should be "concern" and further "investigation" of government managers, even if there are no findings of discrimination.

"He recommended the possibility of remedial training or discipline which could result from the number of complaints filed rather than a legal finding that discrimination occurred," the letter charges.

Finally, the letter reveals that near the end of the meeting, Mr. Wynn stated, "if we don't have a Democratic administration" after November's election, "we need to have something in place that Republicans would have to undo, rather than not have something in place."

The political remark was accompanied by a suggestion that changes be implemented by executive order, if not accomplished in these final days of the 106th Congress.

"Considering that these highly political statements were made to a group that is primarily composed of career federal employees, they were highly inappropriate," writes the SEA. "Revising the EEO process simply should not have been discussed within a political context. It is not a partisan issue, and it damages the integrity of the process to politicize it."

No pictures

A veteran photographer for the New York Daily News was shoved and grabbed by a building manager yesterday as he tried to photograph an official of Vice President Al Gore's campaign.

According to the Associated Press, Harry Hamburg was photographing Gore campaign chairman William Daley as he entered a building in downtown Washington. Representatives of the Gore campaign and rival George W. Bush were meeting with the Commission on Presidential Debates to negotiate a fall debate schedule.

Mr. Daley had just finished speaking to reporters and was headed into the building when Mr. Hamburg walked in front of him to snap a photo.

A man later identified as the building manager stepped between Mr. Daley and Mr. Hamburg, shoving and grabbing him by the throat, witnesses said.

Mr. Daley appeared ready to intervene, but the incident was over within seconds and he did not need to assist Mr. Hamburg, who was not injured. Mr. Hamburg refused to comment.

Ken Frydman, a spokesman for the Daily News, said the newspaper was "looking into it" but refused further comment.

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