CAMPAIGN '96: ALEX HAS A CRISP, CLEAR WAY OF GOING FOR THE JUGULAR

Working for Phil Gramm last winter, Alex Castellanos spent a lot of time figuring out ways to force Bob Dole into early retirement. But Gramm fizzled out early, and although Castellanos maintained good relations with the Dole camp, he figured he was finished for the rest of 1996. Then last week Dole tapped him to lead the advertising war against Bill Clinton. "It all proves that old Cuban saying," he said last Friday. "Never spit straight up in the air." And he never did.

Castellanos is no stranger to exile. Born in Havana, he fled Castro's revolution with his parents in...

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