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Ex-Vietnam DJ Backs GOP Candidates

December 12, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Adrian Cronauer says he understands why his conservatism and active support for GOP candidates might come as a surprise.

``The movie.″

In 1988, when ``Good Morning Vietnam,″ was released, the Hollywood account of Cronauer’s stint as an Armed Forces Radio disc jockey in Vietnam gave him a taste of celebrity. Not to mention the midnight calls from strangers screaming ``Gooooood morning, Vietnam!″

Then, life was normal again. There was a mid-life career change into law. Grandfatherhood. Republican politics.

``I always was a bit of an iconoclast, as Robin (Williams) was in the film,″ he said in a recent interview. ``But I was not anti-military, or anti-establishment. I was anti-stupidity. And you certainly do run into a lot of stupidity in the military.″

When the film was released, the presidential campaign of Democrat Jesse Jackson called asking if he would help out. The conversation died quickly after Cronauer asked the caller if she realized he was a Republican.

When an old pal, Virginia Lt. Gov. John Hager, called recently, Cronauer readily signed on to help in Hager’s bid for the GOP nomination for governor in 2001.

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