Kalispell Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana
15 Dec 1998

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15 Dec 1998

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Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Newspaper) - December 15, 1998, Kalispell, Montana Nation Fence Sitters agonize Over impeachment votes by Mike Feinsilver associated press writer Washington a one said everywhere he went a to his daughters basketball game to the Myca to work out to Church he got passionate advice from the people he represents in Congress. For Republican rep. Zach Wamp of Tennessee voting on impeaching president Clinton is a on the same level As a declaration of another congressman rep. Frank Lobiondo of new Jersey spent the weekend in his office personally answering the phones and getting an earful. A third formerly undecided lawmaker Republican John Mchugh went Home to Pierrepont Manor in upstate new York with a stuffed briefcase watched More of the House judiciary committee hearings consulted his Mother and brother and reached a conclusion yes on impeachment. On tuesday he called it a the most heart wrenching decision i have Ever faced in my 14 years of elective Over and Over the congressmen who came off the Fence in a Rush now that crunch time has arrived spoke of an agonizing painful process one for which nothing in Public life had prepared them. Mchugh who sought counsel from his family issued a carefully reasoned two Page statement saying that while he would vote for impeachment he hoped the Senate in judging Clinton would display the decision did t come easily for rep. Jack Quinn 47, a Republican moderate from Buffalo . He said he weighed the pros and cons Over and Over. A my wife is sick of listening to me ill Tell you that much a he told a news conference tuesday announcing his vote to impeach. Oddly enough what helped Wamp decide to vote for impeachment was an anti impeachment phone Call from Geraldine Ferraro the democrats 1984 vice presidential candidate. A for Geraldine Ferraro to be out excusing this behaviour by Clinton As commonplace among men for her to say that my goodness that is sexist a said Wamp. A i Hope to god its not commonplace among Wamp 41, who quit College to sell real estate and sold $22 million Worth of it in five years said he ran into Strong arguments wherever he went a basketball games Myca or Church. A people on both sides Are about 150 people who oppose impeachment held a candlelight Vigil outside the Silicon Valley office of California Republican rep. Tom Campbell 46. But if he really wanted to Sample pro Clin ton sentiment he should have telephoned Rose Marie Sims in her los gatos calif., retirement Home. She tried for Days to get through to him but the line was always Busy. A a in a infuriated a said mrs. Sims a Democrat. A a in a 84 with High blood pressure and i can hardly afford to be a i support Clinton a she added. A i did no to marry him i voted for impeachment will Lead to chaos said mrs. Sims who has la grandchildren 13 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. A this generation does no to know what a depression congressman Lobiondo 52, a Republican whose predecessor from Southern new Jersey Charles Sandman became famous for his defense of president Nixon in the 1974 impeachment proceedings went to his office saturday and sunday and personally took More than too Calls a Day. He said he talked to hundreds of constituents and tried to read every phone message email and letter to him. On tuesday he decided to support impeachment. After Amo Houghton 72, the former ceo of Kerning Glass jumped off the Fence last week a and became one of the few republicans against impeachment a he got an angry response. A your legacy will be one of complicit cowardice a one person faxed. He also got an opponent for 2000 a the Rev. Jim Pierce pastor of the fundamentalist love Church in horse hides ., who said he would run against Houghton in the Republican primary. Party elders either leaning against impeachment or keeping silent on Issue Washington apr a few Steps removed from the partisan firestorm of the impeachment debate eminent figures from both parties Are taking the Long View. Bob Dole though still sore from his defeat by Bill Clinton is the latest political elder thinking up ways the president might be saved. Those weighing in on Clinton a Fate Are for the most part leaning against his impeachment and toward variations of the censure favored by democrats in the House but opposed by gop leaders. Others a Colin Powell former democratic sen. Sam Nunn and former Republican president Bush among them a Are noticeably silent. Whether ensconced in Law offices still engaged in Public service or off in retirement these party stalwarts Are not Beholden to the party line. They answer no longer to anyone a not the voters not the legislative leaders trying to whip members into compliance. From his Rural Virginia Home the Liberal icon Eugene Mccarthy declared Clinton should go. That appears to be a minority View. Dole in a new York times oped piece published tuesday and former Republican president Ford in a plan Laid out a few months ago in similarly detailed fashion proposed courses that would leave Clinton humbled perhaps even humiliated but still in the White House. Under Fords proposal Clinton would appear in the Well of the House floor to submit to a harsh rebuke. Dole would have the House and Senate adopt a joint Resolution containing the essence of the articles of impeachment and Clinton would sign it in a Public ceremony. Like other elders from both parties they spoke of a need to move the country ahead. A it is time for a Tough but responsible conclusion a Dole wrote. This followed a bitter preamble claiming the Clinton Campos a Avalanche of negative television advertising. Through questionable fund raising Cost Dole any Chance of winning in 1996. Former democratic president Carter also voiced urgency in bringing the matter to a close and predicted Clinton would not be removed from office. A i Hope its Over soon a he said during a Book tour As the House judiciary committee struggled through its business. Earlier Carter said he believed Clinton had lied under oath. Among other respected retirees from politics former Republican sen. Warren Rudman of new Hampshire has said Clinton a actions done to Merit impeachment. And democrats went into the judiciary committee hearings heartened that former rep. Peter Rodino who presided Over the impeachment hearings of president Nixon held the same View. Powell a favorite of moderate republicans has predicted nothing More than censure will result. He added in late september a i have doubt As to whether or not the evidence is persuasive enough to Lead to the articles of but on tuesday his spokesman Bill Smullen said a a he a not speaking out on this the same was said by representatives of Bush a who has opted for discretion from the Start a and of Nunn Back in August a rare democratic voice raising questions about whether Clinton should resign. Retail amp beauticians11 everything in the store 10% off december 17,18,19 Only subject to Stock on hand does not apply to special orders sign up for a fur by drawing sat. 19th Kalispell Beauty products i 200 e. Idaho Kal Lapool want to Napa Auto parti a amp a emotions run High at town meeting make something sgt Erial out of lurking cookies ha\1ng hot Eho elate. Shopping for and wrapping gifts. Bring the children and older folks into these activities. People done to have to lie alone. They eau Volunteer their time and extend themselves thickest Chi says. 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Christopher Shays turned to his constituents to see How they Felt about impeaching the president. He did no to get much Comfort. Nearly 1,100 of his districts residents crowded a boisterous town Hall meeting tuesday night to share their opinions with Shays a moderate Republican who had staunchly spoken against impeachment in the past but wavered in recent Days. The sometimes Rowdy and unwieldy crowd a interrupting some residents in mid sentence and either booing or applauding after every speaker a attested to How divisive the Issue is. When Shays took a hand vote the crowd in the Norwalk symphony Hall was evenly divided on impeachment. A few voted for censure. Shays said he would be meeting with Clinton today and would convey his constituents impassioned viewpoints Many of which were scrawled on notepads and read to him with quivering voices. A this is a political Lynching a said Mike Doyle a Bridgeport labor organizer. A a we re not going to sit Back and let the republicans overturn the election and thwart the will of Lou Messeri 61, who brought along a copy of the . Constitution disagreed saying Clinton should be impeached if its proven he committed perjury. A we can do without a president a Messeri said. A we can to let one Man bring the government Shays had Long maintained that Clinton committed serious offences but not the a High crimes necessary to warrant his ouster. Like the houses other Moder juror clothes As Cate As your kids. Girls from birth to tip 14 boys from birth log Law 7 Kwh Babii cuff mall a 257-7460 a photo rep. Christopher Shays r-Conn., talks to a firefighter at a town meeting that attracted 1,100 people tuesday night in Norwalk Conn. Ate republicans Shays could be critical in deciding the presidents destiny. The congressman said he would not go Public with his vote before thursday. A i believe that the impeachable offences if i had to vote tonight have not been proven a Shays said. A i believe the proven offences Are not impeachable. But it is darn the meeting grew so fiery at times that Shays had to Call for order and Calm tempers several times. Some speakers vented their anger toward Independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Actor Paul Newman who lives in the neighbouring town of Westport. Attended the meeting and said he does not support impeachment. A i do not believe the framers of the Constitution would have considered this particular situation High crimes and misdemeanours a Newman said. Howard Zinner a Vietnam Veteran said Clinton a behaviour was not an impeachable offence and contended that activities by presidents Reagan and Bush during the Iran Contra affair were in the category of High crimes and misdemeanours. A have you no shame or. Starr a Zinner asked

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