- The Washington Times - Monday, July 3, 2000

Why not move there?

Inside the Beltway has obtained a letter sent in recent days to Cuban President Fidel Castro by Youth for Understanding (YFU) the group that played host to Juan Miguel Gonzalez and his son, Elian, at its Northwest Washington estate applauding "the values and culture" that exist under the communist leader.
"Your Excellency, receive from Youth For Understanding our most cordial greetings and our profound sentiments of respect and admiration for the culture and life of Cuba, as it exists," writes Sally Grooms Cowal, president of YFU.

Castro clone

"And not a single one will now be protesting the young boy's intensive 'Castro-ation,' his remake into a little communist clone of Castro."
Jim Guirard, a Washington attorney and governmental affairs consultant, who served for many years as chief of staff to Democratic U.S. Sens. Allen Ellender and Russell Long of Louisiana.

In closing

"My wife just pointed out to me an interesting play on words. You can rearrange the boy's name Elian and spell it 'Alien,' " writes Al Marchese of Ocean Pines, Md.

Secret subs

Mario's Pizza House in Arlington, Va., opened its doors 44 years ago, when many Washingtonians weren't quite sure what pizza was. Before long, Mario's had become and remains today a favorite destination, for locals and diplomats alike.
Even those who don't live here anymore.
Mario's owner, Alan Levine, whose parents Howard and Norma Levine opened the restaurant in 1956, says he has shipped one food order all the way to Russia.
Then there's the local celebrity couple who apparently can't get their fill of Mario's mouthwatering submarine sandwiches.
"The Secret Service comes in from time to time and places a special order," Mr. Levine tells Inside the Beltway. "It's always a large steak and cheese and a large chicken and cheese, and it seems to be a special order because they watch its preparation very carefully."
(Mr. Levine went "off the record" to tell us more about those special orders, but we can't reveal state secrets.)

Gas revolt

Boston had their tea party. It was only a matter of time before Washingtonians began taking to the streets to voice their displeasure with the high price of a gallon of gasoline.
For instance, bureaucrats leaving the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency last week were handed pink slips, or a "Notice of Termination" on pink paper, as they headed down into the subway.
The notice read:
"To: All EPA Bureaucrats
"From: The American Taxpayer
"You have fleeced the American taxpayers with your excessive regulation of gasoline, which has contributed to soaring prices at the pump. To help relieve the American people before the Fourth of July holiday, your bureaucratic services are no longer needed."
The pink slips were distributed by the Citizens' Investigative Commission, and Scott Lauf, executive officer, says the reaction of recipients "ranged from confusion to anger to arrogance. It was a motley bunch. I was wondering if they had ever driven a car."
Speaking of cars, Citizens for a Sound Economy has begun distributing bumper stickers that read: "Al Gore Is A Pain In My Gas."

GOP sweep

George W. Bush will win his bid for the White House, winning 28 states and picking up 273 Electoral College votes, and Democrats will gain only one seat in the House, with no net seats changing hands in the Senate.
Or so predicts the political advisory board of Voter.com, considered the Internet's leading political portal. The advisory board is comprised of some of the better-known Democratic and Republican political consultants nationwide.

Lule on the move

Barely a month before the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Cliff May, communications director for the Republican National Committee, has announced three big promotions.
Bill Pascoe, a veteran Washington political strategist, pundit and commentary writer, becomes the RNC's new press secretary; Chris Paulitz moves up to chief of radio services; and last, but not least, Julie Lule becomes assistant press secretary.
"She assures us that, unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, she does not see this job as merely a stepping stone on her way to the presidency," Mr. May stresses of Miss Lule.

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