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They have Gore's ear

Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


WILLIAM DALEY, 52. This son of the former Chicago mayor and brother of the current one has a bachelor of art degree from Loyola University and a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He was president and chief operating officer of the Amalgamated Bank of Chicago from 1990 to 1993 and has been a partner in one of Chicago's biggest law firms, Mayer, Brown & Platt. In 1993, he was special counsel to President Clinton for the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has been a central figure in the administration's push to get Congress to give China permanent normal trade relations. He joined the Clinton Cabinet in December 1996 as the president was gearing up for a second term. He stepped down as commerce secretary in June to become Gore's campaign chairman and get the campaign back on track after Gore's embattled campaign manager, Tony Coelho, resigned. Though he has never run for office, Daley has had ample experience helping on the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and Clinton.

DONNA BRAZILE, 40. Earned a degree in industrial psychology from Louisiana State University. She was a student organizer for Jimmy Carter in 1980. In 1984, she joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign as his southern field director. In 1988 she worked for Dick Gephardt in the primaries and moved on to Michael Dukakis during the general election. Brazile also has worked for Jackson's Rainbow Coalition and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, helped found the National Political Congress of Black Women and taught a course on blacks in politics at the University of Maryland. She worked in both Clinton-Gore campaigns. When Gore's previous campaign manager declined to move to Nashville in the midst of the campaign shake-up last fall, the vice president promoted Brazile, then his political director and deputy campaign manager.

ELAINE KAMARCK, 50. Educated at Bryn Mawr College and received her doctorate in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. A key domestic policy adviser to Gore, Kamarck is a veteran of the Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Bruce Babbitt presidential campaigns. During the Carter campaign, she served as the resident rules specialist at the Democratic National Committee. By 1989, Kamarck had signed on as a visiting scholar at the Democratic Leadership Council's think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute. She co-wrote The Politics of Evasion. Once Clinton and Gore were elected, she was brought on board as Gore's main policy adviser. Not long after that, she was given principal responsibility for running the administration's "reinventing government" effort. When her husband took a job in Boston, Kamarck left the administration for a teaching post at Harvard, but continued advising Gore.

BRUCE REED, 40. Graduated from Princeton University and has a master's degree from Oxford University. Was chief speechwriter to then-Sen. Al Gore, 1985-89. Worked for eight years as a domestic policy adviser to Clinton. Coined "End welfare as we know it." In September, he left his White House job for a five-week hiatus, coaching Gore through the three presidential debates.

LEON S. FUERTH, 61. Gore's top national security adviser since 1980 has bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University and a master's from Harvard. An Air Force lieutenant in the early '60s, Fuerth headed a training squadron at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. After leaving the military, Fuerth passed the Foreign Service exam and embarked on an 11-year career that took him to what is now Croatia and the State Department. Fuerth later joined the staff of the House Intelligence Committee. In 1980, he was asked by the chairman to tutor a new member on arms control issues -- Al Gore Jr. from Tennessee.

KATHLEEN MCGINTY, 37. A top adviser to Gore, she has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from St. Joseph's University and a law degree from Columbia University. She has been a law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge H. Robert Mayer in Washington; senior legislative aide on environmental issues for then-Sen. Al Gore and congressional staff coordinator for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro; deputy assistant to the president; and director of the White House Office on Environmental Policy.

FRANK HUNGER, 64. Educated at the University of Mississippi and a former Air Force personnel officer. After the Air Force, he returned to Ole Miss for a year of law school. He also worked for the state's moderate former governor, J.P. Coleman, in his losing gubernatorial campaign against a segregationist. Disgusted, Hunger transferred to Duke Law School and then clerked for Coleman on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Married Nancy Gore, Al's sister, on the Gore farm in 1966. Moved to Greenville, Miss., where he was a top trial lawyer. In 1993, Hunger took a job as head of the Justice Department's 700-lawyer civil division. He is in on virtually every key Gore decision, has advised Gore on top appointments to his campaign, combed through the line items in the campaign budget, recommended that Gore move his campaign to Tennessee and recently urged Gore to soften his attacks on Bush.

-- SOURCES: New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Commercial Appeal, National Journal, Spokesman-Review.

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