07 April, 2006

Clinton Likely To Face Anti-War Crowd In Visit To Brown University Saturday

Sen. Hillary Clinton will be in Providence, R. I. tomorrow to give the innaugural address at a symposium on women and leadership at Brown University. She is also being asked, somewhat forcefully, to do some other speaking as well - to peace advocates in the Providence area. The Brown Daily Herald today printed an open letter, signed by a large number of faculty members and grad students at Brown, demanding Clinton meet with a local anti-war group. The letter says Clinton has so far ignored an invitation to meet with members of an organization of military families opposed to the war and a local representative of the group Code Pink.

Bill Clinton - the former president and husband of the Senator - is quoted on an array of global economic and social issues in the upcoming issue of Business Week. When asked what his role would be in a Hillary Clinton administration, the former president said he would do whatever he is asked to do for his country, just as he has done for President Bush.

John Spencer, one of Clinton's two GOP senatorial challengers, was profiled today by the Associated Press. Spencer has been portrayed by some as the "angy candidate," but he tells the AP he doesn't know why. Spencer, the former mayor of Yonkers, claims he just says what he's thinking.

And, you kind of wonder what the other GOP candidate, Manhattanite KT McFarland must be thinking this evening. As she was picking up the endorsement today of the head of the Erie County Republican Pary, Bob Davis, - her biggest county nod yet - the Buffalo News was reporting that Davis plans to step down as county chairman later this month. The report says Davis will leave well before the Republican State Convention in June to give the new head a free hand in nominating candidates at the party pow-wow.

The Buffalo News report said Davis is leaving to become more involved in New York Gov. George Pataki's political action committee, as Pataki preps for a possible run at the presidency. Vanity Fair magazine in the May issue - which it is calling its first "Green Issue" - gives Pataki props for bucking his party on environmental matters. Pataki shares the mention with the governator himself, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Earning effusive praise in the article is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for his work with Riverkeeper, an environmental group that keeps tabs on the Hudson River's ecosystem and the area's water supply.

Making his own plans for 2008 - possibly - is former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The New York Times reported today there is more evidence Giuliani is laying the groundwork to run. The article quotes supporters as saying they don't expect Hizzoner to make a decision before the November elections.

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