Magazine article Insight on the News

Gore's Hackles Up over Helms' Threat

Magazine article Insight on the News

Gore's Hackles Up over Helms' Threat

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Vice President Al Gore went positively off over a threat by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms of North Carolina to block the nomination of Democratic former U.S. senator

Carol Moseley-Braun as ambassador to New Zealand. Gore said he is "deeply angered and disappointed" by the "disgraceful tactic" of "partisan revenge." Helms has asked the controversial Moseley-Braun, who consorted with a Nigerian dictator against U.S. government policy and came under serious scrutiny with regard to use of campaign funds, to apologize for blocking his 1993 effort to renew the United Daughters of the Confederacy's design patent on an insignia featuring the flag of the Confederacy surrounded by a wreath.

Moseley-Braun had risen on the Senate floor to denounce the flag as a symbol of racism. The Daughters, by the way, is -- to use Helms' phrase -- "a wonderful group of little old ladies" devoted to remembering their forefathers who died fighting for a way of life that only for very few included owning plantations. …

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