- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2006

Conspiracy theory

Retired Air Force officer Bob Bowman won Tuesday’s Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican. Mr. Bowman got 55 percent of the Democratic vote to 45 percent for John M. Kennedy in Florida’s 15th District.

Mr. Bowman, a Vietnam veteran, unsuccessfully sought the Reform Party nomination for president in 2000. “Among his more controversial positions,” the Stuart (Fla.) News reports, “is that some members of the U.S. government may have had some complicity in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and he wants another investigation into that incident.”

After learning of Mr. Bowman’s primary victory, blogger Rusty Shackleford (https://mypetjawa.mu.nu) posted video of Mr. Bowman speaking at a June “9/11 Truth” symposium.

“The official story … of 9/11 is a bunch of hogwash — it’s impossible,” Mr. Bowman told the symposium. Referring to a “cover-up” of the facts about the 2001 attacks, Mr. Bowman said that “high levels of our government don’t want us to know what happened and who was responsible.”

Who was responsible? “I think the case is pretty clear that it’s highly placed individuals in the administration, with all roads passing through [Vice President] Dick Cheney,” Mr. Bowman told the gathering in Los Angeles, suggesting that the Bush administration was guilty of “high treason and conspiracy to commit murder.”

Branching out

Ned Lamont, who defeated Sen. Joe Lieberman in Connecticut’s Democratic primary, said yesterday that he will reach out to centrists and Republicans as he seeks to broaden his appeal.

“Amongst moderates and Republicans, I’ve got to get more in front of them and introduce myself, because they didn’t have a chance to pay as much attention to the race,” he said.

Mr. Lamont was in Washington for meetings with party leaders and union officials.

Voter ID opposed

Opponents of a Georgia law requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls asked a federal judge yesterday to prevent the new state law from being enforced during Sept. 19 special elections.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other groups oppose the ID requirement. The law took effect July 1, but state and federal judges blocked its enforcement during the July 18 primary and Aug. 8 runoff elections.

In a 195-page ruling issued in July, federal Judge Harold Murphy, a 1977 appointee of President Carter,said he would later address whether the law could be applied to the Nov. 7 general elections.

No endorsement

A Colorado Republican retiring after 20 years in the House said yesterday he will not endorse the Republican primary winner, accusing him of running a “sleazy” campaign.

Rep. Joel Hefley said he hopes his decision doesn’t hurt other Republicans on the ticket in November, but he said he will not support the Republican nominee, Doug Lamborn.

“I made this clear at the start of this campaign that I would never again support a Republican who ran a sleazy campaign against another Republican, and that’s what Doug Lamborn did,” Mr. Hefley said in an interview with the Associated Press. “It’s not good when we have these angry, bitter campaigns [against Democrats]. It’s sure not good when we have them within the party.”

Lamborn campaign manager John Hotaling said the candidate ran a “clean, positive campaign.” He blamed the negative ads on outside groups.

Mr. Hefley backed his former aide, Jeff Crank, who came in a close second in the contentious six-way primary Aug. 8.

Mr. Hefley said he doesn’t see himself endorsing the Democrat, Jay Fawcett.

Tony vs. David

During a press briefing Tuesday, NBC correspondent David Gregory became angry when White House spokesman Tony Snow said that a remark by Mr. Gregory expressed “the Democratic point of view,” Editor & Publisher reports at its Web site (www.editorandpublisher.com).

Mr. Gregory: “It’s not a Democratic argument, Tony.”

Mr. Snow: “Let me answer the question, David.”

Mr. Gregory: “But hold on, let’s not let you get away with saying that’s a Democratic argument.”

Mr. Snow: “OK, let me — let’s not let you get away with being rude. Let me just answer the question, and you can come back at me.”

Mr. Gregory: “Excuse me. Don’t point your finger at me. I’m not being rude.”

Mr. Snow: “Yes, you are.”

Mr. Gregory: “Don’t try to dismiss me as making a Democratic argument, Tony, when I’m speaking fact.”

Mr. Snow: “Well, OK — well, no —”

Mr. Gregory: “You can do that to the Democrats. Don’t do it to me.”

Romney’s stance

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said yesterday he would not allow any state resources to be used to protect a former Iranian president during his visit to the Boston area this weekend, and he sharply criticized Harvard University for inviting Mohammed Khatami to speak on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“There are people in this state who have suffered from terrorism, and taking even a dollar of their money to support a terrorist is unacceptable,” Mr. Romney, a potential candidate for the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nomination, told the Boston Globe.

Mr. Romney said that he expected the State Department at a meeting scheduled for yesterday to request a state police escort and other traffic services, but that he had called Tuesday to inform them that no such services would be provided.

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which invited Mr. Khatami to speak on Sunday, issued a statement yesterday saying it was “surprised and disappointed” by Mr. Romney’s stance.

Heart procedure

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was hospitalized for a stent procedure after experiencing mild chest pains, a court spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Justice Kennedy, 70, underwent “a routine procedure” at Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. “This was a revision to a stent procedure performed in November 2005,” she said.

The spokeswoman said there was no evidence of any heart damage, Reuters news agency reports. She said Justice Kennedy was discharged from the hospital Sunday morning and had returned to his duties at the court, which is in recess.

Another paper

Allbritton Communications Co. yesterday announced the launch of a Capitol Hill newspaper.

The new publication, the Capitol Leader, will focus on Congress. The newspaper will work with other Allbritton properties, including ABC affiliate WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8, the company said.

The newspaper will publish three times weekly while Congress is in session and will be advertiser-supported.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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