Chico says thanks, but no thanks, to Dick Morris endorsement
Michael sneed firstname.lastname@example.org February 17, 2011 12:08AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
The Ax Man . . .
Conservative political pundit Dick Morris, who slices and dices former colleagues he once worked for and admired — i.e. Bill Clinton — is now using an ice pick on mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel.
† The flipshot: Morris, who detests Emanuel, is pitching mayoral hopeful Gery Chico.
† The buckshot: It is NOT an endorsement Chico wants or sought.
“Our campaign has not solicited an endorsement from Dick Morris,” said Brooke Anderson, Chico’s press secretary. “We don’t know Dick Morris. End of story.”
† The backshot: In a letter to Rahmstoppers.com, Morris, who once worked with Emanuel at the Clinton White House, claims Emanuel has his eyes on the White House — and characterizes Rahm as “the most ruthless, aggressive, ambitious, radical, take-no-prisoners politician in America.” He also describes Rahm’s style as “Do anything, attack anybody, adopt any pose to get elected.”
† The upshot: Morris, who believes Chico can win a runoff election, pitches Chico as an alternative. “Chico is not ideal. He’s no Tea Party activist. But he is honest.”
† The final shot: This letter would be tossed in the wastebasket by Chico. Morris is adamantly anti-President Obama. And Chico is a huge Obama supporter.
† A pot shot: Hmmm: Why do I think Emanuel is chuckling with glee over Morris’ backhanded endorsement of Chico?
Box ’em & Bite ’em: President Obama gave boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who visited the White House on Tuesday, three grocery bags full of light blue M&M’s with the presidential seal. There ya go.
The Libya file . . .
It’s all a matter of timing. My three travel companions and I got out of Libya just in time — now that protests have started to erupt in Benghazi, the country’s second largest city. (It houses a magnificent U.S. cemetery for American soldiers killed in World War II.)
†Back check: Although the Libyans we met last month were aware Tunisia, their neighboring country, had just overthrown their dictator, they, for the most part, did not express extreme discontent; were surprised and delighted Americans were visiting them (“You see our country is not that bad. Things will get better.”); and they were eager to get our e-mail addresses.
† The kicker: But in Tunisia, where citizens of both countries trip over each other going back and forth with illegal goods, we were told Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, who’s has ruled the oil rich country since 1969, was offering $30,000 to the member of each Libyan family to refrain from protest. True? We’ll see eventually.
Dress ’em . . .
Now comes word Victoria Beckham, the Spice girl who makes fashion headlines with her rail thin frame, has been asked to send a selection of her designs to the wedding planners of Brit royal princess-to-be Kate Middleton, who is due to marry Prince William in April. (The soon-to-be royal couple have also chosen Canada for the site of their first royal tour at the end of June.)
Dog data . . .
The Scottish deerhound Hickory, who won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, will be a busy girl soon . . . . heading to her Virginia farm to bake up a batch of puppies.
Bee Gee Glee . . .
Tinseltown tittletattle: Mega movie mogul Steven Spielberg is in the planning stages of a film about the Bee Gees and word is Bee Gee Robin Gibb, brother of Bee Gees Maurice and Barry, believes actor John Travolta would be a great match for the role of their band leader father, Hugh, according to Brit wag Richard Kay. Huh?
Sneedlings . . .
Today’s birthdays: Michael Lowery, 60; Michael Jordan, 48; Lou Diamond Phillips, 49, and Margie Korshak, ageless.