- The Washington Times - Friday, April 19, 2002

Women of the future?

Two Republican congressional candidates from opposite ends of the country, each a woman who lines up closely behind the vision of President George W. Bush, have been making the political rounds in Washington this week.

The more famous being Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state who declared Mr. Bush the eventual winner in her state's highly contested 2000 presidential contest. We might point out that one of Mrs. Harris' opponents in Florida's 13th District race is Democrat lawyer Jan Schneider, a longtime friend (and classmate) of Bill and Hillary Clinton's.

"Schneider is not only a carpetbagger, her campaign phone number is still in your neck of the woods," Harris spokesman Dan Berger tells Inside the Beltway, referring to Washington's 202 area code. "She moved [to Sarasota] two months ago into her father's home on Bird Key to run against Katherine."

Also appearing in Washington and addressing yesterday's California delegation luncheon is Beth Rogers, a candidate in California's 23rd District that encompasses Santa Barbara and Ventura. Mrs. Rogers' race to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Lois Capps is one of the more competitive contests in California.

"She is a woman, which makes her unusual in California Republican politics, she has a Latino son and a Latino daughter-in-law to another son, speaks fluent Spanish herself from living in Mexico, she's a businesswoman (largest sod owner in the state), has a Ph.D. in business anthropology, and is the founder of Seneca, a Republican women's coalition to encourage woman to run for Republican office," says Donna Tuttle, who has accompanied Mrs. Rogers to Washington for various political and campaign events.

Mrs. Tuttle tells Inside the Beltway that Mrs. Rogers happens to be a longtime friend and former classmate of California investor Brad Freeman, a close acquaintance of President Bush's and finance chairman of his inaugural committee.

"Brad will be giving Beth the big L.A. fund-raiser at his home," says Mrs. Tuttle.

"Beth is one of our only chances to accomplish what the Republican Party wants to do reach out to the women and the Latinos," she tells this column. "She is the budding star of the party and represents the vision of the president when he talks about inclusion and compassionate conservatism. Beth's race could become the model for the birth of a new Republican Party in the state of California."

Welfare to bliss

Tips on how to walk away from welfare and down the aisle of matrimonial bliss will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

The Alliance for Marriage, the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood, and the Empowerment Network will conduct an 11 a.m. briefing in support of welfare reforms designed to teach marriage skills to welfare recipients.

The event will feature several minority couples who have successfully made the transition from the welfare rolls into married life. In each case, we're told, in addition to poverty, these couples faced daunting personal obstacles, ranging from drug abuse to homelessness and incarceration.

Congressional caning

Regarding our brief history yesterday on the U.S. congressmen of yesteryear who once settled their debates with bloody duels a few miles from the U.S. Capitol, a "Southern-born, Southern-bred" reader shares the following with Inside the Beltway:

"My sympathies to Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who wishes he could challenge to a duel the 'liars' who claim that oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would violate 'pristine' wilderness.

"Perhaps if a duel is out of the question, Mr. Stevens might instead emulate Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina. In an 1856 speech about the struggle over slavery in Kansas, Sen. Charles Sumner used insulting language to describe South Carolina Sen. Andrew Butler, who was not present.

"Brooks, who was Butler's nephew, was so offended that two days later he entered the Senate chamber and badly beat Sumner with a cane. The beating was so severe that Sumner suffered brain damage. Fellow Southerners who felt that Sumner, an abolitionist, got what he deserved responded by sending Brooks dozens of canes as gifts.

"Sumner, the target of Brooks' attack, was the senior senator from Massachusetts at that time."

Sorry, Bill

Every time we write something nice about Bill Clinton, the telephone rings.

"Mr Clinton is not, and never has been, an 'accomplished' musician," says Bill Lloyd, a retired member of the U.S. Army Band (1948-50) and longtime musical instructor in Upper Marlboro. "He's a musical hack and a political hack. In bands, there are first alto saxes, second alto saxes, tenor sax and baritone sax. No such thing as first-chair tenor sax. [Sorry, Bill, but that's where Bubba told us he was sitting].

"When JFK ran for president in 1960, Mort Sahl quipped, 'Do we really want a president who drives a car with twin pipes?' When Clinton ran for president, I quipped: Do we really want a president who is a 'shades-wearing' rock-and-roll saxophone player?"

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