Originally created 02/16/99

A star is born 021699 - The Augusta Chronicle

Among the winners and losers of the Senate impeachment trial is a winner who's a close neighbor: GOP South Carolina 3rd District U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham. He has shot to national prominence with his down-to-earth and earnest prosecution of Bill Clinton.

The day after Clinton was acquitted, the House manager spoke in Atlanta. Noting that "high crime and low behavior were the same in this case," he said, "No Republican would have put us in this position" because ... "Republicans in the South Carolina and Georgia delegation would have gone to a Republican president and said `you will resign."'

Graham also mused, having grown up in the rural South near a pool hall, that "I've met a lot of Bill Clintons." They're "folks that you don't trust with your wallet or your wife." And as for Clinton seeking "revenge" on House managers, Graham taunts "come on down." He's ready.

A footnote: In Georgia, Democrat Gov. Roy Barnes has commendably jabbed Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., head of the House Democrat campaign committee. He proclaimed Barnes would help defeat manager Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga. But Barnes quickly shot back that Kennedy "was not authorized to speak for me" and that he's staying out of congressional races.


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