Politics: The White House Candidate

The White House Candidate

Less than a year ago, Linda Chavez, 38, was the relatively unknown staff director of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, a bipartisan federal advisory panel. But Chavez, a Hispanic American and onetime union lobbyist, transformed the minor post into a bully pulpit to express her strongly conservative views against racial quotas, busing and comparable worth. Her outspokenness won the attention of influential Republicans, and last spring President Reagan made Chavez the highest-ranking woman in the White House when he appointed her to head the Office of Public Liaison, the principal link between the Administration and interest groups.

Chavez's rise went into...

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