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Reagan Daughter’s Naked Greeting To Republicans Nixed By Newspaper

January 4, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A naked Patti Davis will not greet the new Republican Congress after all.

The daughter of former President Reagan is featured in a full-page ad for People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals that was scheduled to run in Wednesday morning’s editions of The Washington Times _ just in time for the swearing-in of the Republican-led 104th Congress.

But the ad, titled ``I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur,″ was rejected this week by the newspaper.

``The Washington Times chose not to accept the original advertisement because of its explicit nature which we did not feel was appropriate for a family newspaper,″ said the paper’s general manager, Geoffrey Edwards.

The ad showed an unclothed Davis, 41, sitting cross-legged with a black puppy in her lap.

According to PETA spokeswoman Jennifer Bofinger, the Times’ advertising department had insisted on blacking out portions of the photograph, including Davis’ partially exposed breast.

``They wanted to completely cover the entire image and we weren’t going to pay $8,000 for that,″ said Bofinger.

``With all the images that we see of violence in the media, we’re very surprised that they wouldn’t print this image that is really happy and compassionate.″

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