Warner Will Tread Softly at Party's Convention
Cain, Andrew, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Carl Sandburg, the poet who called Chicago the "city of the big shoulders," also wrote that fog slips into a city on "little cat feet."
U.S. Senate hopeful Mark R. Warner might want to slip in and out of next week's Democratic National Convention in the same stealthy manner.
Mr. Warner is trying to unseat Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, in a traditionally conservative state that has voted Republican in 11 of the last 12 presidential elections. The Democratic challenger and the Republican incumbent are not related.
Mark Warner is not a formal member of the Virginia delegation in Chicago. But the former chairman of the state Democratic Party is a familiar face to most of Virginia's 97 delegates and 13 alternates.
In Chicago, he hopes to mingle with potential donors and co-host a breakfast for the Virginia delegation with Sen. Charles S. Robb without giving his opponent fodder for the fall campaign.
"I support the president. I'm going to vote for the president. But there are some issues I agree with him about and some issues we disagree about," Mark Warner said from Charlottesville in a telephone interview.
In the latest example, yesterday President Clinton signed off on new regulations allowing the Food and Drug Administration to institute new controls on tobacco and crack down on teen-age smoking.
But Mark Warner, who is running for the Senate in a state in which tobacco is the leading cash crop, will not step on the dangerous "third rail" of statewide Virginia politics.
"I disagree with [Mr. Clinton] on tobacco," Mark Warner said. "I don't think we need the FDA to regulate tobacco."
Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer Jr., the top elected Democrat in Virginia state government, had planned to spend four days at the national convention, primarily to mingle with Democratic governors such as Howard Dean of Vermont, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Parris Glendening of Maryland and Gaston Caperton of West Virginia.
But Mr. Beyer will skip the convention to deal with a family crisis. Authorities say Donald Sternoff Beyer III, 20, the lieutenant governor's son, jumped from a Maryland bridge into the Potomac River Sunday and was rescued by boaters.
The lieutenant governor "feels his place is with his family at this time, and he hopes the folks in the delegation understand and respect that," said his spokeswoman, Page Boinest. …