Morris' Wife Calls It Quits
REDDING, Conn. (AllPolitics, Jan. 6) -- Eileen McGann, wife of disgraced former presidential adviser Dick Morris, says she's filing for divorce. "I want to be able to live my life without having to read about everything I do or say or everything that affects me," she told The New York Times. Morris resigned as President Bill Clinton's chief political adviser in August after reports surfaced that he was having an affair with a prostitute and sharing sensitive information with her. Through his publisher, Morris said in a statement, "I am devastated and deeply upset. More than anything else I wanted to stay married to Eileen, and I feel sadder than I can say that my own conduct made that impossible."
Hayden To Run For L.A. Mayor
LOS ANGELES (AllPolitics, Jan. 6) -- Tom Hayden, the 1960's radical turned state legislator, wants his life to take another twist. He announced Sunday that he will run for mayor of Los Angeles against Republican incumbent Richard Riordan. Democrat Hayden's state Senate district takes in Santa Monica and parts of Los Angeles. Hayden accused Riordan of favoring developers and special interests at the expense of neighborhoods. "We have built our last freeways and downtown skyscrapers. Now we need to grow the quality of our lives," he said. The election is in April.
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 6) -- President Bill Clinton said today the nation has made progress on some of its social problems, but still needs to find "a ground of mutual respect" so people of different backgrounds can work together. "It seems to me that may be the single most significant decision facing the United States," said Clinton, who noted the nation's diversity at an annual ecumenical prayer breakfast. "If we can all find a way to hold up to the world not only the example of our freedom, but the example of our freedom in a 21st century, global, interdependent world, in which anybody from anywhere can live here, and if you show up for work, or you show up for school and you do what you're supposed to do, and you're a good citizen, you can be part of our country and we'll respect your faith, we'll respect your differences and we'll find a way to work together, then I believe the preeminence of the United States will be assured throughout the next century."
Merrill Likes His Chances In Race For GOP Chair
CONCORD, N.H. (AllPolitics, Jan. 6) -- New Hampshire Gov. Steve Merrill is bullish on his prospects in the race to succeed Haley Barbour as the Republican Party's national chairman, even as the state's leading conservative newspaper is endorsing someone else. "The attacks have become more pointed as my campaign has picked up support," Merrill said. "It's just confirmation that what we're doing is working." Today's Manchester Union Leader endorsed Texas state GOP Chairman Tom Pauken. The paper questioned Merrill's conservatism and said the party "needs a leader with more substance and grit than Steve Merrill has shown in recent months." "I'm not troubled by these attacks," Merrill said. "The accusation that I'm not conservative enough is laughable." The vote is set for Jan. 17.
Voting Group Assails Louisiana Election
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 6) -- The Voting Integrity Project said it has confirmed some of the charges made by the campaign of Republican Senate candidate Woody Jenkins, who lost the runoff to Democratic Sen.-elect Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is due to be sworn in Tuesday. Neal Hogan, an investigator for the project, told reporters there is "probable cause" to believe large-scale violations of federal and state elections laws have occurred and that the violations were organized by New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial's administration and his political group. Landrieu attorney Jack Martzel attacked the group's findings as "overtly racist" and charged that the Voter Integrity Project is a front organization for the Republican right wing and a tool of Helen Blackwell, a backer of conservative Oliver North.
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