Informed Sources: Feb. 7, 1994

Inman's Other (Imaginary?) Enemy

When BOBBY RAY INMAN withdrew himself from consideration for Secretary of Defense, he cited columnist William Safire and Senator Bob Dole, among others, as the causes of his vexation. But there was one antagonist he didn't mention: Senator TRENT LOTT. A source familiar with Inman's thinking says Lott was one of the chief reasons why Inman pulled out; he believed the Mississippi Republican was marshaling forces on the Senate Armed Services Committee against him. Lott, however, says he was for Inman all along.

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