- The Washington Times - Friday, August 5, 2005

Klayman revisited

Larry Klayman — longtime foe of former President Bill Clinton, Judicial Watch founder and former Republican candidate for the Senate seat of Florida — is now a practicing barrister. Mr. Klayman has joined the Cleveland-based law firm Walter & Haverfield LLP and will manage the firm’s branches in the District and Miami.

But he’s still hungry. The tenacious Non-Friend-of-Bill, who filed 80 lawsuits against Mr. Clinton and former first lady Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, from 1994 to 2004, is armed and ready.

“I remain in the game, and will continue to do work in the public interest,” Mr. Klayman said yesterday.

“I am now a private lawyer available to take cases that will help the public. Going into the private sector also will enable me to remain politically active,” he continued. “And, by the way, I am supporting Katherine Harris in her bid for the Senate seat from Florida.”

Mrs. Harris is running for the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Mr. Klayman left Judicial Watch in September to run himself, but lost to fellow Republican — and eventual victor — Sen. Mel Martinez.

Oh Bob, Bob, Bob

And speaking of Katherine Harris and former President Bill Clinton’s advisers, a bombastic broadcast culture moment came at precisely 4:50 yesterday afternoon. During an appearance on CNN’s “Strategy Session,” syndicated columnist and Plamegate regular Robert Novak cursed with vigor at Clinton campaign guru James Carville, flung off his microphone and then stormed off the set.

And yes, the barnyard obscenity he used made it onto the air.

The pair had been discussing Mrs. Harris’ recent accusations that a magazine had doctored photos of her to yield an unattractive outcome. Was Mr. Novak simply defending her honor?

Most think he was peeved because another round of Valerie Plame questions was imminent — by virtue of the fact that apologetic CNN host Ed Henry later told viewers, “I had told him in advance that we would ask him about the CIA leak investigation. Hopefully, we’ll be able to ask him about that in the future.”

CNN wasn’t pleased.

Spokeswoman Edie Emery called the longtime CNN commentator’s behavior “inexcusable and unacceptable,” adding that Mr. Novak had apologized to CNN, and the network was apologizing to viewers.

“We’ve asked Mr. Novak to take some time off,” she said.

Judge grudge match

Will they duke it out or play nice? A slim majority of Americans say the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge John G. Roberts Jr. will result in a brawl between Republicans and Democrats, according to a Gallup Poll released yesterday.

Just more than half — 51 percent — said the hearings would spark a “major fight that would drag on for a long time,” and 42 percent said it would be “a relatively easy process.” Seven percent said they had no opinion in the matter.

The survey of 1,006 adults was taken from July 22 to July 24.

Grasping for straws

Newsweek writers Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey have connected enough dots to decide that President Bush is worried about the controversial, ultra-violent “Over There,” a 13-part dramatic series about the Iraq war on the FX channel.

“The art-imitates-real-life idea is breaking new ground in both TV and politics, posing a curious question for President Bush and his aides: Could ‘Over There’ affect the already-fragile poll numbers on Iraq?” they write in the Aug 3 issue.

Please, Mr. Wolffe, Ms. Bailey. Despite huge media hubbub, only 4 million tuned in for the show’s debut last week, according to Neilsen. Frankly, it’s a surprise the pair didn’t conclude that Mr. Bush was worried about Al Gore’s new cable channel, too.

But Newsweek, apparently, can still base a story on a single anonymous source.

“According to one senior Bush aide, the president has voiced a strong interest in the series but hasn’t yet seen it for himself,” they write. “Bush quizzed his aides last week about how the show was produced and how faithful it was to the conflict. ‘Does it really depict what is going on? Do you get a sense of it?’ Bush asked. In fact, just a handful of senior aides have seen the show and report it to be ‘riveting’ and ‘pretty vivid.’ But the senior aide says, “We don’t have an official opinion yet. I don’t think enough people have seen it.’ ”

New Jersey, Part 1

Although one press report this week notes that former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey is living quietly in a one-bedroom apartment in Rahway, N.J., the man who resigned from office in the name of his own homosexuality may have some excitement just around the corner.

Memoirs, of course.

According to Radar Magazine, Mr. McGreevey is “in the final stages of negotiating a mid-six figure deal” with publishing lioness Judith Regan, whose Harper Collins imprint, Regan Books, is also home to Bernard Kerik, Jenna Jameson, Jose Canseco and Frank Gotti Agnello.

“It will be especially interesting to hear what McGreevey has to say about reports that it was his former homeland security aide Golan Cipel’s threats to go public about their affair that led the governor to step down and come out to his family,” the magazine noted yesterday, adding that Mr. McGreevey and Mr. Kerik “could get together and share some laughs about the ups and downs of American politics.”

New Jersey, Part 2

More drama in the Garden State: Democratic Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine loaned the president of New Jersey’s largest state workers union $470,000 to pay her mortgage when the two dated in 2002, then forgave the debt last year.

Mr. Corzine, turned the 10-year mortgage into a gift to former sweetheart Carla Katz just a week after kicking off his campaign for governor and several months after the two stopped dating, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported yesterday.

Miss Katz, 46, is president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1034, which represents 9,000 state workers and endorsed Mr. Corzine’s run for the Senate in 2000.

Mr. Corzine, 58, is a former chief executive of Goldman Sachs Co., worth $261 million and split from his wife of 33 years, three years ago. He insisted the loan would not hamper his administration’s ability to negotiate fairly with the union.

“I don’t think there’s a conflict. The relationship has ended,” Mr. Corzine said.

“It is certainly clear that this is more than a relationship between a special-interest group leader and a candidate for public office. You’re dealing with the chief representative of the largest bargaining unit under your authority as governor,” countered Tom Wilson, the state Republican Party chairman.

Contact Jennifer Harper at jharper@washingtontimes.com or 202/636-3085.

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