- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

Torricelli trails
Doug Forrester, the Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey, has vaulted to a 13-point lead over Democratic Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, according to an independent poll.
The new SurveyUSA poll commissioned by KYW-TV shows Mr. Forrester holding a 48 percent to 35 percent advantage over Mr. Torricelli.
Forester campaign manager Bill Pascoe, in a prepared statement, crowed over the poll results.
"We've still got 84 days left before the election, but the Forrester surge has already begun. The new KYW-TV poll shows that New Jersey voters are shifting massively away from Robert Torricelli and toward Doug Forrester. The last time KYW released a survey on July 24 they showed the race tied at 43 percent each. Thus, the new poll represents a 13-point swing to Doug Forrester in just the last 16 days."
Mr. Pascoe added: "It is also clear that Mr. Torricelli's non-apology for deceiving New Jersey voters about taking illegal gifts from David Chang is not going over well, either. The release of this poll follows an August 3 SurveyUSA poll commissioned by KYW-TV in Philadelphia that showed that by a 49-16 percent margin, New Jerseyans who have seen Mr. Torricelli's new TV ad have a worse opinion of him, rather than a better opinion."

'Harebrained' comment
"Vermont governor Howard Dean has been touted by some, including the good folks at the New Republic, as a possible dark horse candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004," Lee Bockhorn writes at the Weekly Standard's Web site (www.weeklystandard.com).
"He's all but announced his campaign, and [Tuesday] he was 'building support among the base,' as they say, in Albany, N.Y., where he gave a speech to the state's largest teachers' union. According to the AP's account, Dean 'got union members off their chairs with an impassioned critique of school vouchers.'
"'We have to be very, very careful not to destroy the public school system with harebrained ideas like vouchers,' Dean said.
"A funny little soundbite, that, and one that might come back to haunt the governor. For, as it turns out, the school system in Gov. Dean's own state has been using the 'harebrained idea' of vouchers to great effect for 133 years, in fact. As Vermonter Libby Sternberg noted in the pages of the Weekly Standard in 1996, since 1869 that's right, 1869 Vermont has made use of what Dean would disdainfully call 'vouchers,'" Mr. Bockhorn said.
"In many Vermont towns too small to operate their own public high schools, 'high school students are "tuitioned" by the town to the school of their parents' choice,' Sternberg wrote. 'Under this system, parents in tuitioning towns have sent their children to a variety of state-accredited public and private schools, including some religiously affiliated ones and some out-of-state, for many years. Towns pay tuition for each of their students, up to the average cost of schooling in the state.' Apparently 133 years of this has yet to 'destroy' the public school system of Vermont."

Quoting JFK
Radio ads sponsored by the United Seniors Association compare President Bush's tax cuts to the lower taxes promoted and signed into law by President Kennedy, reporter Marc Morano writes at www.CNSNews.com.
Democratic Sens. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, Jean Carnahan of Missouri and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, who are considered the party's most vulnerable incumbents, are targeted in the new radio spots.
The ads feature the 35th president saying, "So long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits."
Charles Jarvis, chairman and chief executive of the United Seniors Association, told the reporter: "The ad shows [potential voters] that a Democrat in the past strongly supported a common-sense economic approach which proved to be absolutely accurate."
Mr. Jarvis added: "It's immensely ironic that John F. Kennedy took stands which the Democratic leadership today is absolutely offended by."

Sounds familiar
New York Democrats plan to air a 30-second television tribute to victims of the September 11 attacks that will closely resemble the official ceremony led by several prominent Republicans, the Associated Press reports.
New York Democratic Chairman Herman Farrell said Tuesday that the TV spot will include a tribute to the victims and the reading of excerpts from the Gettysburg Address by several top party members.
A week ago, it was announced that Republican Gov. George E. Pataki would read Abraham Lincoln's famous address as part of the ceremony on September 11, marking the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center.
Mr. Farrell said the Democrats' tribute is purely coincidence. He said he came up with the idea of using the Gettysburg Address several months ago. Mr. Farrell also said the TV spot, which would air statewide on Sept. 10 and Sept. 12, was not meant to be political.
"It is not about politics. It is about those people who sacrificed, those people who were heroes, those people who died," he said.

He couldn't refuse?
New York Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew M. Cuomo accepted $44,500 in campaign contributions linked to a movie producer accused of being a mob associate.
Julius Nasso, producer of several Steven Seagal action films; his brother, Vincent Nasso, and their businesses contributed the money last year, according to records filed with the state Board of Elections.
Cuomo campaign aide Peter Ragone told the Associated Press that the donations, first reported by the New York Daily News, would be returned.
Mr. Cuomo, who is battling state Comptroller H. Carl McCall for the nomination to challenge Republican Gov. George E. Pataki, has in the past attacked his rivals for not promptly returning contributions from companies embroiled in Wall Street scandals.
Federal prosecutors say wiretapped conversations show Julius Nasso participated in demands that Mr. Seagal pay $150,000 to the Gambino family for each movie he made. Mr. Nasso pleaded not guilty in June to an extortion charge and was released on $1.5 million bail.

Sharpton's numbers
Racial provocateur Al Sharpton is favored by 5 percent of Democrats in a presidential poll, putting him ahead of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota (3 percent) and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina (2 percent).
The national survey of likely Democratic primary voters, conducted by Zogby International, found Mr. Sharpton tied with House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut garnered 6 percent.
Everyone in the survey was miles behind former Vice President Al Gore, who was favored by 41 percent of respondents.
Although Mr. Sharpton was bunched up with most of the other potential candidates behind Mr. Gore, he was up from 1 percent in the previous month's poll, the New York Post reports.
Said pollster John Zogby: "The poll shows Sharpton can be the new Jesse Jackson and a power broker in the Democratic Party. He doesn't need to win he just needs to get a solid African-American vote."

Key Colorado contest
A dairy farmer and former head of the Colorado state Republican Party beat out three competitors Tuesday to win the Republican nomination to run for the House seat in the state's newly created 7th Congressional District.
Republican Bob Beauprez will run against Democrat Mike Feeley, a former state Senate leader and lobbyist, in the suburban Denver district, Reuters reports.
Mr. Feeley defeated Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Thomas for the Democratic slot. The district is evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or [email protected]

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