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Gary Hart Out of Presidential Race Over Suspected Affair

 

Washington- Former Senator Gary Hart (D-CO) announced his withdrawal from the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, over allegations that he was involved with a model named Donna Rice. The scandal, started with the release of a photo featuring the model and Senator Hart on a yacht called the "Monkey Business", resulted in an angry challenge to the press from Mr. Hart, saying " Follow me around. I don't care. I'm serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They'll be very bored." The Miami Herald decided to follow Mr. Hart, and confronted him outside his Washington D.C. townhouse, after he appeared to have spent much of Friday and Saturday with young woman, who turned out to be the same woman from the photo on the Monkey Business. This pushed Mr. Hart to announce in a fiery press conference that he would not subject himself to the scrutiny of a press who was determined to dig into the personal lives of himself and his family, and withdrew from the race. His departure leaves the race wide open, with no clear frontrunner. In the coming weeks, top campaign personnel are likely going to start joining potential candidates, so we'll soon get an idea of who has a credible chance at the nomination. 

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Atwater and Trippi Find New Potential Candidates

Lee Atwater, a key political staffer on President Reagan's last Campaign, has found his new home for the 1988 election. After talking to many potential candidates, Atwater appears to have settled on Representative Anderson Kaine, a preacher and veteran Congressman. Atwater is said to find the idea of a former preacher, with legislative experience an appealing package to run in the Republican Primaries, and found the pitch from Representative Kaine very persuasive. Rumor has it that Representatives Williams and Fitzgerald made aggressive plays for Atwater's support, but Lady Jackie has had trouble with the investigations she has led, and Leader Fitzgerald has yet to make a conservative splash in Congress. While Atwater's support is an important sign of strength for Kaine's future, the other two potential candidates have much to offer if they decide to make a run.

 

In similar news, Joe Trippi has also made his 1988 plans known, signing on as a strategist to the Seymour in '88 exploratory committee. Representative Seymour, a boll weevil Democrat from South Carolina, has made waves in Congress for his independence from his party on some issues, and for his willingness to compromise across the aisle. Apparently, this was enough for Trippi to join the campaign, in a race that will likely turn out to be a battle of the conservative and liberal wings of the party. Other potential candidates who attempted to win the support of Trippi include Representatives King, Blackstone, Tilsey, and Speaker Welles. All have the potential to be the next nominee, but the support and expertise of Joe Trippi is sure to give Douglas Seymour a bit of a head start in the race for the White House. 

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