The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

25 April 2005

'Daggers In His Eyes'

Kerry Demanding Loyalty

Angry With Hill-Supporting Dems

Could John Kerry really be this delusional?

The Bay State senator is said to be demanding loyalty from fellow Dems in the chamber and giving Hillary supporters the business.

And papers, including the Boston Herald and New York Post, are having a field day reporting on this apparent internal conflict.

Senator Mark Dayton (D-Minn), is said to be one of the senators reamed by his majesty, after daring to profess public support for Clinton. While Dayton's people are busy spinning these reports, it's given the press two days of fodder and no doubt talk radio will jump on it today, as well.

This rare, behind-the-scenes insight into internal goings-on, indicates the Dems aren't nearly as unified as one might be led to believe.

Hardest to understand is how Kerry really thinks he's a contender for the 2008 Democrat nomination against Clinton. Maybe Al Gore needs to have a frank chat with the junior senator from Massachusetts.

(Boston Herald- 24 April 2005- Andrew Miga)

WASHINGTON - The rivalry between John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton turned testy last week when the failed presidential candidate angrily chewed out a fellow senator for touting the former first lady as the next American president.
Kerry had ``daggers in his eyes'' when he approached Minneapolis Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) about an April 9 fund-raising dinner at which Dayton introduced Clinton as ``the next great president of the United States,'' according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

``What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?'' Dayton recalled Kerry as saying - a recollection denied by the Kerry camp.
But an adviser for Kerry said it was just a miscommunication.
``Respectfully, some wires must have gotten crossed in retelling the story of the friendliest joshing on the Senate floor,'' said Kerry senior adviser David Wade.

Sen. John Kerry is fuming over a fellow senator touting Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next American president. (Boston Herald library photo)

Dayton was traveling in California yesterday and was unavailable for comment.
Wade insisted the two men, both hockey players, were ribbing each other about skating together in a pickup game when Kerry visits Minnesota.
``If Sen. Kerry had anything in his eyes, it was hockey sticks,'' said Wade. ``These two longtime friends laughed about hitting the ice in Minnesota later this year.''


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