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State GOP Boss Blasts Mrs. Clinton

July 13, 2000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York’s Republican Party chairman has sent out a fund-raising letter branding Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton ``cold-blooded and hotheaded″ and a ``shrill and scheming person″ who is trying to ``lie her way into high office.″

In the letter, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, William Powers also rips the first lady as ``abrasive and annoying, brash and bitter, calculating and scheming, distant and deceitful, polarizing and power-hungry.″

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said ``these kind of personal attacks have no place in politics″ and called on Clinton’s opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio, to disavow the letter.

There appeared little chance of that.

``The letter is chairman Powers’ letter, and it reflects his opinions,″ Lazio campaign spokesman Dan McLagan said. ``He’s more than capable of expressing his opinions himself and is welcome to do so.″

The letter provided further evidence of how negative the Senate campaign has become in the less than two months since Lazio entered the race.

Clinton and her supporters have already launched more than a half-dozen TV ads attacking Lazio, while the Lazio campaign sent out a fund-raising letter that said the first lady and President Clinton ``have embarrassed our country and disgraced their powerful posts.″

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