The Rebirth of John Sasso

An indispensable sidekick rides to the rescue

HELP WANTED: Savvy, hard-nosed strategist desperately needed to jump-start stalled campaign. Experience in overcoming innate caution of button-down Greek candidate a must. Prior misdemeanors no problem. For the right stuff, we will take public guff. Contact Dukakis campaign.

That job description could apply to only one person: John Sasso, 41, the shrewd political operative with an engaging smile and an easy pat-on-the-back manner. For eleven months Sasso had been in purgatory, defrocked as Dukakis' campaign manager for his role in preparing the plagiarism videotape that helped drive Joseph Biden out of the Democratic race. Dukakis had promised that Sasso would play...

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