- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Show and tell

Just when Washington politicians thought it was safe to go back outside, Inside the Beltway has learned that a former intern in the office of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy will show and tell all in the upcoming November issue of Hustler magazine.
"She does describe 'encounters' with various public figures," Hustler's Emily Wright confirms in a telephone interview with this column.
"I can't give any other details" about the encounters, she adds.
When told this column had learned that the woman had worked in Mr. Kennedy's Capitol Hill office, Ms. Wright replied: "I can confirm that."
"I can't give any specifics or anything like that, but I can confirm that is true," she says.
She declined to give the former intern's name or age.
The woman interned in at least one other Washington office, a source tells us, although which hall of power we could not confirm.
A spokesman in Mr. Kennedy's office yesterday said they know nothing about the former intern's spread in the magazine.
The issue hits newsstands Aug. 22.

Make it official

It certainly would make life easier for Brian Harlin, official licensee of the Republican National Convention, if GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush would hurry up and name his vice-presidential running mate.

That way, thousands of T-shirts, buttons, banners and lapel pins can be pressed, printed and packaged for official Philadelphia vending sites, hotels included.

What are you hearing, Mr. Harlin?

"I keep hearing [Colin] Powell," he says.

But sir, the Texas governor has reiterated that Mr. Powell isn't interested in being vice president.

"I know, and everyone else is saying [Dick] Cheney, but I keep hearing things about Powell," says Mr. Harlin.

While Mr. Harlin's presses await the official word, he says some things will be new for the convention the lapel pins of all 50 states, featuring the GOP logo and what each state is famous for.

"This way the delegates can trade pins, like with the Olympic stuff," says Mr. Harlin.

Pinned donkeys

Of more than four dozen parties planned during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, none is more creative than the "Pin the Tail on the (Democratic) Donkey" bash, sponsored by Jose Cuervo Tequila and the Young Republicans.
In this game, two donkeys (actors in costumes) will walk around to make the pinning easier. Wearing padding, no doubt.
"I hope so," Jose Cuervo spokeswoman Brook Bennett tells this column, "or else we're paying them a lot of money."

Heat to fire

Steven C. Watson, a onetime assistant to Lee Atwater who served as White House deputy political director under President Reagan and later as national political director for the Lamar Alexander for President campaign, will head the newly formed external affairs department for Lorillard Tobacco Co.
A 1990 candidate for Congress in Connecticut, Mr. Watson will manage all federal and state affairs, public relations, and oversee the youth smoking prevention campaign of the Greensboro, N.C. tobacco giant, which rolls Kent, Newport and Old Gold cigarettes, among other brands.
"While the issues we face are challenging, I am enthusiastic about contributing to a bright and successful future for the entire Lorillard family," says Mr. Watson, most recently vice president of communications for the NBA's Miami Heat.

Prayer and hypocrisy

This column was inundated with correspondence after writing yesterday about Sen. Robert C. Byrd's "prayer for a nation" yesterday.
"I'm a Republican and a conservative," says Joseph Hearin, a retired Army officer, "and I think Senator Robert Byrd is the only really intelligent person we have up there anymore because he's put his finger on the pulse of America and found that we're ill."
Yet Paulette Perkins of Arcadia, Fla., points out: "Sen. Byrd's urging Republicans and Democrats to advocate an amendment to the Constitution concerning prayer in schools would carry a lot more weight if he had voted to impeach [President] Clinton. Believing Sen. Byrd a man of honor and principle, we just knew he would be at least one senator who would vote to impeach the president. In quoting, 'It's the worst of times and the best of times' it is not just spiritual, it is moral."
Finally, Barry Mitchell writes: "I find it ludicrous and ironic that the Honorable Senator Byrd laments the 'spiritual vacuum' of this nation during its 'best of times.' It is not long ago that [Mr. Byrd] actively participated in the 'Hoovering' of America's moral and ethical values by abetting Mr. Clinton in his 'defense of the Constitution' during his impeachment (yes, he was impeached) for actively lying. Hypocrisy on this grand of a scale makes me want to puke."

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