Campaign 2000: The Trouble with Tony

Coelho is Al Gore's right hand. But he has legal woes, and his roughshod ways may hurt the Veep

It sounded almost like the good old days on Al Gore's presidential campaign, with lots of dire talk about his opponent's risky schemes and secret plans, arrogant approaches and smug assumptions. Last week Gore managed to parlay what was to have been a simple health-care speech to medical reporters in Chicago into a dissertation on George W. Bush's coziness with the National Rifle Association. (A top N.R.A. official had been videotaped saying of Bush, "We'll have a President...where we work out of their office.") Gore also savaged the Texas Governor's Social Security plan with predictions that it could force waitresses to...

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