Cabinet: Jumping Ship?

It was a small courtesy, but Charlie Stenholm never forgot it. During close re-election contests in the 1990s, Stenholm, the conservative Democratic Congressman from West Texas, never had to cope with George W. Bush campaigning against him. The Republican Governor never even posed for photos with Stenholm's rivals. "That doesn't happen by accident," Stenholm says.

Now will Stenholm return the favor? With the election in limbo, he is widely seen as one of a few influential Democrats who could break with Al Gore. Last week Stenholm suggested he would back Bush if the election is thrown into the House. And while...

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