Washington: Bowles Bids Adieu

Bowles Bids Adieu

From the moment he became White House chief of staff, ERSKINE BOWLES has had his eye on the exit. This week he expects finally to depart for home and maybe a political career in North Carolina. "As soon as Congress is gone, he's gone," says a White House official. Bowles, credited with bringing order to a chaotic operation and setting a less partisan tone with Republicans, wanted to leave last January, but PRESIDENT CLINTON implored him to stay. The decision is probably one Bowles has at times regretted: only days after he announced that he would stay, the Lewinsky scandal broke....

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