THE LOVE CONNECTION

JESSE DOESN'T LIKE WELD. BUT COULD HIS FONDNESS FOR MADELEINE SOFTEN HIM UP?

There's only one man in Washington who can stop Jesse Helms and possibly salvage Governor William Weld's troubled nomination to be ambassador to Mexico. It turns out to be a woman. Ever since her gooey confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has made it her business to charm the courtly porcupine who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, eschewing the diplomatic handshake in favor of kissing his Moon Pie face (both cheeks) and interrupting her global travels to tour his home state, where she gave the Jesse Helms Lecture at Wingate University, Helms' alma mater. As Helms and Albright toured...

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