THE TROUBLE WITH NEWT GINGRICH

AS CHARGES OF IMPROPRIETY FESTER, THE SPEAKER IS LIKELY TO FACE A PROBE BY AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN NANCY Johnson returned to her Connecticut district last week to sell Newt Gingrich's revolution. But what she discovered is that Gingrich himself was the issue. In Torrington, a handful of activists interrupted her meeting on Medicare to protest what they called the "cover-up'' of alleged misdeeds by the Speaker of the House. Johnson, a respected moderate who chairs the House Ethics Committee, has been hearing that message a lot lately. Editorials with headlines like NO WHITEWASH, MRS. JOHNSON and ETHICS PANEL fails its duty have appeared all across the state.

Now, it seems, the protesters will get their way....

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