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Gore Delegate Source of Leak!

Friday, 03 November 2000 12:00 AM

It was Gore who first brought forth the Willie Horton issue. The Gore campaign secretly leaked the information in an attempt to damage then-frontrunner Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by blaming his state's release of the incarcerated felon on a weekend furlough during which Horton committed horrible crimes.

Is it such a stretch that a similar desperation move has again been utilized by Gore in another sneak attack to salvage his failing campaign?

Midday today in an interview on CNN, Tom Connolly, a Democrat activist with a history of supporting left-wing causes and the unsuccessful 1998 Democrat gubenatorial candidate in Maine, admitted that he was the source of the Bush DUI leak.

Connolly, a Gore delegate to the Democrat convention this year, refused to name the 'public figure' who provided him the Bush records, but did acknowledge that he had the information for some four months.

What is highly suspicious is the fact that these records were somehow miraculously uncovered after two dozen years and, therefore, were not accessible by computer, which means a physical search would have had to be made. But what is worse, and illegal, is releasing records that were ordered sealed by the court.

Reports at the noon hour today allege that a Democrat staffer in Nashville, Tennessee, asserted yesterday morning that a bombshell would be dropped later on Thursday and suggested tuning in to the six o'clock news for the story.

The Bush DUI story has apparently been a poorly kept secret in political circles in Nashville since the convention in Los Angeles, with Gore staffers and others talking rather freely about the charge.

The Portland, Maine television reporter who broke the story of the Texas governor’s twenty-four year old operating-under-the-influence infraction said she received the tip from a

Erin Fehlau, a reporter for WPXT TV in Portland, appearing on ABC’s "Nightline” told host Ted Koppel that she was tipped off that an attorney had mentioned the incident inside the courthouse and just happened to have the file handy.

The Gore campaign has refused to comment on the story while claiming to have had nothing to do with its release.

The Fox News Channel reported early today that the source of the leak might be former Democrat National Committee Chairman Kenneth Curtis, former Maine governor and a Gore delegate to the 2000 Democrat convention.

A partner in Curtis' law firm, Erin Lehane, is the sister of Gore campaign spokesman Chris Lehane, who last night denied any involvement by the Gore team. The Lehane's are natives of Kennebunk, Maine, the location of the incident.

If Curtis was, in fact, the source for this story the backlash against the Gore campaign in Tueday's election could be devastating to the Democrat.

In any event, the Lehane/Maine connection certainly raises serious suspicions that Democrat dirty tricks may have been involved.

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Last night, George W. Bush addressed the media while campaigning in Wisconsin in the final stretch of the presidential campaign.

Accompanied by his wife Laura, Bush said the story was true, that he accepted responsibility and admitted that he was wrong. He reminded reporters that he had previously discussed his prior difficulties with alcohol and that he stopped drinking more than fourteen years ago.

When asked why he hadn’t previously disclosed the incident, Bush said that as a father who counseled his teenage daughters not to drink and drive, he thought it better left in the past. He called each of his twin daughters, currently college freshmen, to inform them personally earlier in the evening.

The governor did wonder why the story was revealed at this late stage of the campaign, but did not speculate further.

Another Maine television station, WCSH TV, also received a tip at the courthouse, according to news director Mike Kelly.

Well, there was no October surprise but this is November.

And despite this eleventh hour revelation, the honest and direct manner with which the issue has been handled by Bush says a great deal about his character, in stark contrast to the lies, exaggerations and outright denial of responsibility so often evidenced by Junior Gore and his 'greatest president in history.'

It is refreshing to witness a public figure under pressure actually owning up for his acts, and not pointing the finger of blame elsewhere.

George W. Bush has demonstrated that while having had difficulties, as we all have in various ways, that he had the ability to rise above his shortcomings and work to become a better man as a result.

That is precisely the kind of President America deserves.

Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly. E-mail:

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It was Gore who first brought forth the Willie Horton issue. The Gore campaign secretly leaked the information in an attempt to damage then-frontrunner Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by blaming his state's release of the incarcerated felon on a weekend furlough...
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