- The Washington Times - Monday, February 7, 2005

Takes the cake

“The G. Gordon Liddy Show” officially joined the Radio America network yesterday. And to welcome the Watergate figure to his new downtown Washington studios (he previously broadcast from Silver Spring), Radio America founder and president James C. Roberts served cake — from the Watergate Bakery.

“This cake tastes as good as it did 30 years ago,” Mr. Liddy quipped.

The popular show can be heard coast-to-coast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and starting soon will be broadcast by a new network affiliate in Washington. Stay tuned.

Clinton vs. Cox?

The last time Edward Cox made headlines in the nation’s capital was when he wed Tricia Nixon in the White House Rose Garden. That was in 1971.

Now, former President Richard M. Nixon’s son-in-law, a partner in a prestigious Manhattan law firm, is weighing a run next year for the U.S. Senate — against our good friend Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“That he is testing the waters is a very valid statement,” an adviser to the 58-year-old Mr. Cox tells Inside the Beltway, suggesting a final decision will be made in April.

And, the adviser adds, the decision to seek the Republican nomination hinges on whether New York Gov. George E. Pataki, who has worked alongside Mr. Cox on numerous state issues and appointed him to the State University of New York’s board of trustees, or former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani decide they might want to seek the seat.

“I am absolutely sure Rudy is not going to run,” says the adviser, who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity. “And I don’t think the governor is going to run for the Senate. There are rumors that he eventually might fill a position in the Bush administration, but I don’t think the Senate is in his plans for the future.”

It would be Mr. Cox’s first bid for public office, although the adviser stresses his experience in both domestic and international affairs ranks with the best candidates for national office. “He traveled rather extensively internationally with his father-in-law,” he notes.

“He has a long career of public service; he was one of the original Nader’s Raiders,” the adviser says of Ralph Nader’s consumer movement. He also has assisted disadvantaged youth in education, has been a driving force behind the nation’s charter-school movement, has received international recognition for strengthening community colleges, and sits on a state review panel for judicial nominations.

“And he happens to be married to Tricia Nixon,” the adviser concludes. “So the short version … is, he is a stand-up guy.

And Mrs. Clinton is?

“She’s an interesting senator,” the adviser says, leaving it at that.

Arnold’s army

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Capitol Hill veteran David Wetmore to head his gubernatorial office in Washington, a position Mr. Wetmore previously held for former California Gov. Pete Wilson.

And given that Mr. Wilson was co-chairman of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial campaign, he no doubt recommended Mr. Wetmore for the job.

“He shares my commitment to working with our congressional delegation, the president and his administration to secure appropriate funding for California, while also focusing on the many other important issues confronting our state in our nation’s capital,” Mr. Schwarzenegger says of his Washington pick, who most recently oversaw government affairs for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Second life

Former Rep. Clint Roberts, South Dakota Republican, read our item last month about an impressive feline named Colin Powell taking top honors in the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s 2004 “Best Cat” competition.

The item caught the ex-congressman’s eye because, as he explained it from his home in Presho, S.D., “I have a beautiful cat named after one of my favorite people: Colin Powell. We call him CP.

“Unfortunately, CP disappeared 10 days ago.”

Inside the Beltway immediately put out an all-points bulletin, and yesterday a relieved Mr. Roberts wrote to say: “Thank you. My cat CP came home! He was gone for 4 weeks. He was apparently on a diplomacy junket. He was pretty scratched up.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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