Gore Creates PAC For Midterm Elections
By John King/CNN
WASHINGTON (Feb. 19) -- Vice President Al Gore filed papers Thursday creating a new political action committee called "Leadership '98"
to support Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections, CNN has learned.
The PAC is also a vehicle for Gore to build goodwill, and a nationwide
fund-raising network, as he lays the groundwork for a 2000 presidential run.
The new Gore committee has a diverse group of political leaders as its honorary chairs including, Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Gov. Zell Miller of Georgia and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California.
Its board of trustees includes several Tennesseans who are veterans of
Gore's political campaigns, including former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter.
The PAC will be run on a day-to-day basis by a veteran Clinton-Gore
operative, Nick Baldick, who is resigning his post in the White House political affairs office to become the PAC's executive director.
Baldick ran "New Hampshire for Clinton-Gore" in 1996 and is a close friend of Boston-based political strategist Michael Whouley, who is taking the lead role in building a Gore 2000 campaign organization.