ATTACK OF THE KILLER D'AMATO

THE SENATOR TAKES FUND RAISING TO NEW HEIGHTS--OR DEPTHS. BUT THE RULES OF HIS GAME MAY BE CHANGING

"It's a round world," says a calm, philosophical Alfonse D'Amato, "and every thing comes back. So treat people the way you want to be treated." The New York Senator is performing for a journalist in his Washington office. He's playing the New D'Amato--the same gracious character who has been seen on TV running the Senate Whitewater hearings and promoting a new autobiography. This is the persona designed to dim the memory of the Old Al, a cunning machine politician who was rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee in 1991 after a dozen influence-peddling scandals had thoroughly soiled his name. "Be generous...

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