GENTECH archive 8.96-97


Fwd: Clinton Assistant Working for Monsanto

Forwarded message:
From: (Epstein)
Date: 97-04-21 11:53:44 EDT

                   Clinton Assistant Going Private

                   By Al Kamen
                   Washington Post Staff Writer
                   Monday, April 21 1997; Page A15
                   The Washington Post 

                   There had been talk for several months that Marcia Hale,
assistant to the president
                   for intergovernmental relations, would be leaving to take
a job outside the White
                   House. Word now is that Hale has landed a sweet one in
the private sector,
                   moving to Monsanto Co. next month to be a senior official
and coordinate public
                   affairs and corporate strategy in the United Kingdom and
Ireland for about six
                   months. She would then come back to work out of the
Washington office to
                   handle international and other matters.

                   Hale would be based in London during the European tour,
but may have to travel
                   to Spain, southern France and Italy.

                   One possible successor -- and the only deputy left in
that office -- is Lynn Cutler,
                   former Iowa county supervisor and an intergovernmental
relations veteran. Given
                   the scarcity of minorities in top White House jobs,
there's also talk of looking for
                   a minority as a replacement.

                   Also at the White House, press secretary Michael McCurry
once again loses top
                   talent as Julie Mason, now assistant press secretary,
moves over to be deputy
                   press secretary to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She's taking Karen Finney's
                   job as Finney moves to the scheduling operation.

                   Senior Jobs for Hispanics

                   Hispanic leaders met with President Clinton last week to
complain about the lack
                   of senior jobs for Latinos, saying they've been passed
over despite overwhelming
                   support for him in 1996.

                   Word is the drought may be ending. Victor Marrero, now
the U.S. representative
                   to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, based in New
York, may be taking over
                   as ambassador to the Organization of American States.
Replacing him at the
                   United Nations would be Betty King, who is head of the
Casey Foundation here
                   and who formerly worked in Arkansas for Clinton on aging

                   And George Munoz, now assistant secretary of the Treasury
for management, is
                   edging into the lead to run the Overseas Private
Investment Corp.

                   Also on the foreign affairs front, Edward M. Gabriel, a
public relations consultant
                   and Clinton fund-raiser here, is a strong contender to
replace John B. Ritch III as
                   the representative to the Vienna office of the United

                   Clinton could win points with blacks for choosing Roger
Ferguson, 45, and a
                   D.C. native, for the Federal Reserve Board. Ferguson, a
partner in the New York
                   office of McKinsey Co. who has consulting experience in
the banking industry,
                   holds a law degree and economics doctorate from Harvard.

                   It's Official

                   Clinton has named career foreign service officer Robert
S. Gelbard, most recently
                   assistant secretary of state for international narcotics
and law enforcement (drugs
                   'n' thugs), to be special representative of the president
for the Dayton peace
                   accords. (Just thugs.)

                   The Pentagon's Paper

                   Earth Day news alert. The Pentagon, which buys 65 percent
of all paper
                   purchased by the government, says it's going to use
recycled paper for its copying
                   machines. The move would save an estimated 150,000 trees
a year.

                   Koppel and the C&O Canal

                   Speaking of saving trees, National Park Service officials
might have saved some
                   recently when they stopped a cleanup crew doing some work
on a few acres of
                   prime real estate along the C&O Canal in Potomac.

                   It seems ABC's Ted Koppel has been hoping to trim a few
trees to get a better
                   view of the Potomac on some land he owns. So he checked
last fall with the Park
                   Service, which has restrictions on clearing land around
the canal, and everyone
                   agreed to get together again in the spring when the
leaves were full on the trees
                   and officials could get a better sense of how things

                   But a couple of weeks ago rangers spotted a crew working
on the land and asked
                   them to stop. Koppel and Douglas Faris, superintendent of
the C&O Canal
                   National Historic Park, met again on the land 10 days ago
to talk things over.

                   Faris said in an interview that his interest is
protecting the view from the canal,
                   where bikers and hikers want to be able to look up and
about and see trees, not

                   Koppel, noting he too doesn't want to see people when he
looks out over the
                   canal and the Potomac, says the workers were not doing
"anything illegal. We
                   were cutting things less than six inches in diameter that
we were permitted to cut,"
                   he said in an interview. The whole question, he said, was
about "basically six
                   branches total on two trees."

                   But he agreed with Faris's request to hold off a few
weeks longer until all the
                   leaves are out and then decide things. Some folks are
fined thousands of dollars
                   for cutting without permission, Faris said, but nothing
like that is contemplated in
                   this case. "Periodically we get someone doing what they
shouldn't be doing," Faris
                   said, but there's no thought of any citation here.

                   "Must be a slow day for The Post," Koppel opined.

                   Hey. There's never a slow news day at ABC?

                   Catching Up

                   Paul Weech, formerly a housing and community development
specialist on the
                   staff of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Committee, is now chief
                   of staff to Administrator Aida Alvarez at the Small
Business Administration.

                   Jeffrey Nelson, former communications director for Sen.
Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is
                   at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association,
and will be working for
                   Margaret Tutwiler, former State, Treasury and White House
official in the Reagan
                   and Bush administrations, who is leaving her
communications firm to be the
                   association's senior vice president for public affairs
and communications.

                                Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

                                             Back to the top