From the NY Daily News (via Skippy): DISSING DEAN: I hear that Hip Hop Summit honcho Russell Simmons, a loyal Democrat, met in Washington yesterday with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, but not with Democratic Party chief Howard Dean. “When it comes to reaching out to poor people and minorities, I think there’s no enthusiasm on Howard’s part, while Ken shows a real willingness to listen,” Simmons told me.
From CapitolBuzz (via Daou Report): Henrietta Holsman Fore, the Bush White Houseâ€™s nominee to be Under-Secretary of State for Management, was forced to resign from the Wellesley College Board of Trustees for saying that blacks preferred pushing drugs to working in a factory. Even when she tried apologizing for the comments in a letter to the college newspaper, Holsman reiterated her statement that she had trouble keeping black assembly-line workers from going ”back to the street to earn more money” selling drugs. [NYT, 2/12/87]
Holsman appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today for her confirmation hearing. I’m sure Mehlman is busy penning his Goodbye Cruel World letter to the GOP over the injustice of it all.