- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2000

Al's first committee

The Gore-Lieberman campaign is already seeking donations for its new "Recount Committee," based in Washington and Tallahassee, Fla.

"It helps us pay for legal representation as well as the hundreds of monitors and support staff needed to oversee the recount effort," the campaign informs Inside the Beltway.


It might be time to repent, for as Attorney General Janet Reno noted yesterday, "Anybody that's looked at what's happened since November the 7th should be prepared for anything."

Nice effort

Vice-presidential hopeful Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman received a warm ovation when strolling into 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Restaurant for lunch yesterday with his wife, Hadassah.

Leading the applause: Ann Lewis, of Clinton White House fame, and Stephen M. Wolf, chairman of US Airways.

Strom in 2001

The longer Vice President Al Gore contests the 2000 presidential election, the better chance Sen. Strom Thurmond has of finally winning the White House if only for a few weeks.

"Senator Thurmond is actively following the Florida situation," spokesman Genevieve Erny tells Inside the Beltway.

Mr. Thurmond's previous presidential run was in 1948 as the Dixiecrat nominee facing Harry S. Truman and Thomas Dewey.

But before the South Carolina Republican can assume the Oval Office, he'll have to celebrate his 98th birthday on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

"We'll be bringing him pecan pies and country ham biscuits," reveals Vicki Heilig, president of the D.C. chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Born on Dec. 5, 1902, in Edgefield, S.C., Mr. Thurmond, whose grandfather fought for the South, is one of three honorary members of the UDC.

In 1993 after Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, Illinois Democrat, charged the UDC logo celebrated "efforts to preserve slavery" Mr. Thurmond was one of only three Senate Judiciary Committee members to fight for renewal of the insignia.

The UDC lost the logo, which dated to 1894, but the 21,000 daughters never forgot Mr. Thurmond's efforts to preserve Civil War history.

"In my speech to the UDC convention two weeks ago in Richmond, I told the daughters they need not be concerned about the fact that we don't have a president-elect yet," Miss Heilig says.

"Because the first in line to become acting president would be House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and he said he doesn't want the job because it wouldn't last long enough. Second in line is the Senate president pro tempore, and that's Strom Thurmond.

"The daughters will be in the catbird seat if that happens," Miss Heilig notes. "We haven't been invited to the White House since the Eisenhower administration."

Grown children

A woman name Kira, who is withholding her family's last name, says her 13-year-old son was assaulted during opposing campaign rallies outside Vice President Gore's Washington mansion.

The woman, who held a sign saying, "I'm embarrassed to be a Democrat," says her son was "punched" by a Gore supporter because he carried a sign that read "Sore-Loserman."

"My kids were really excited to see proactivism in action," the woman says. "It was a very energized crowd on both sides."

When it came time for her family to depart "so my 13-yearold son could get home to finish a paper" her daughter "started screaming that Kai was hurt."

"I turned back, trying to break through a mob that had formed. A grown man had punched my son … in the stomach," she says. "He stood there sobbing as this group of people waving Gore-Lieberman signs continued to scream at my son."

According to the boy's account, a Gore backer called him a "stupid idiot," to which he responded, "sore loser," for which we was punched.

Saudi lies

From the fairways of Virginia to the sand traps of Saudi Arabia, golfers are responding with enthusiasm to a proposed revision to the rules of golf that would replace the traditional call of "Fore."

When a player hits an errant shot he would instead be allowed to call "Gore" while the ball is still in flight. He then could replace the ball in the same spot and hit it again. The player could do this until he is satisfied the ball is going to drop where he intended to hit it in the first place.

Writes Virginia resident Jack Henrich: "I belong to Waynesboro Country Club and I fully intend to introduce 'GORE' to our Senior League."

Meanwhile, Staff Sgt. Kirk Clear, a military historian deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, wonders: "Under the new Florida golf rules, if you forget to call a 'Gore' in the air, does that mean you can take a bad 'LIEberman' and place the ball back in the fairway with no penalty?"

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