Republicans: Enthusiasm Gone Sour

Taking over last April as chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ohio's Ray Bliss hoped above all to bring peace to the war-torn G.O.P. Since then, he has had trouble keeping peace even within his own office. And last week he found himself compelled to fire his own top administrative assistant —for having ransacked the desk and files of the National Committee's finance director. The principals in the bizarre affair:

> William Cody Kelly, 43, lawyer, former vice mayor of Cincinnati and longtime political ally of Bliss's, whom the new national chairman brought along to Washington as his personal aide.

> Frank...

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