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President Sends Christmas Greeting to Governor’s Predecessor

December 17, 1995

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Gov. Fob James had better hope Santa’s Christmas list is more accurate than the president’s. Of course, Santa supposedly checks HIS list twice.

Buried among the hundreds of Christmas cards sent to the governor’s mansion were two from President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore _ each addressed to James’ predecessor, Jim Folsom.

``Either they haven’t gotten word of the election last November, or perhaps they’re in denial,″ James’ spokesman, Alfred Sawyer, said.

James, a Republican, defeated Folsom in the 1994 election, and has been in office since January. Clinton, like Folsom, is a Democrat.

``It looks like we’re working off a bad list here,″ said Neal Lattimore, a spokesman for first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose office supervises the president’s Christmas card operation.

Clinton and Gore weren’t alone. Their cards were among about two dozen Christmas cards received at the governor’s mansion that were addressed to the Folsoms. There were even a few to Guy Hunt, who left office in 1993.

``We apologize,″ Lattimore said, promising to send out a card to the correct governor.

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