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New York's Veteran 'Senator Pothole' Gets Run Over by Schumer
November 4, 1998
For nearly two decades, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato played politics on the edge of a cliff. But in his fourth attempt at living dangerously, Senator Pothole was finally pushed off the cliff by Rep. Charles E. Schumer, the sharp-elbowed son of a Brooklyn exterminator who plotted a pugnacious campaign that let no D'Amato attack go unanswered.

Gore Stings GOP on Campaign Stump
November 2, 1998
Vice President Gore first tried out a tepid version of his signature 1998 campaign riff a month ago, and has been tweaking it ever since. By the time he showed up in the Bronx, he was belting out the latest version of his rap on Republicans in a throaty roar.

Clinton Stumps for Schumer in Tight N.Y. Senate Race
October 31, 1998
President Clinton darted into Queens and Brooklyn for the sixth of what will be seven White House quick-strike missions to help a Democrat win one of the nation's closest and most costly Senate races. Without mentioning Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R) by name, Clinton praised longtime Brooklyn Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D) as a legislator who has "more ability to turn ideals into action" than anyone in Congress.

The Gaffe Heard Round N.Y.
October 28, 1998
Call it the "putzhead syndrome" – Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato's tendency to push for political advantage beyond the borders of what many voters perceive as seemly. It demolished a particularly sweet campaign moment last week for the three-term New York Republican, locked in a dead-even, donnybrook of a race against Rep. Charles E. Schumer, a Brooklyn Democrat.

Gay Rights Group Stirs Flap With D'Amato Nod
October 23, 1998
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights organization, has provoked a storm of protest from some of its members with a decision to endorse Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) in his reelection campaign against Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

D'Amato Slurs Schumer, Mocks Rep. Nadler's Weight
October 22, 1998
The nation's closest and nastiest Senate race has downshifted yet again, with the Republican incumbent, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, labeling his Democratic challenger, Rep. Charles E. Schumer, with a vulgar Yiddish insult at a breakfast with Jewish leaders.

Attack Ads Carpet TV; High Road Swept Away
October 20, 1998
America is again being carpet-bombed by political ads, many of them fiercely negative, and these are some of the politicians taking – and inflicting – the hits. The themes vary from race to race, from education and the environment to health care and gun control, but many of the commercials oversimplify and distort the opponent's position.

Polls Drop as Vitriol Rises in N.Y. Sen. Race
October 15, 1998
Relentlessly negative television ads in the Senate race are souring New Yorkers on both the Republican incumbent, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, and his Democratic challenger, Rep. Charles E. Schumer, according to pollsters here.

Clinton Fund-Raising Riles GOP
October 13, 1998
With Republicans howling about "jury tampering," President Clinton came to New York to raise money for Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is locked in a dead-heat race to unseat Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.). Schumer also happens be a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which will judge whether to recommend Clinton's impeachment.

Battle of the Mean Machines: Can Schumer Beat D'Amato at His Own Game?
October 5, 1998
Senator Pothole has a problem. For the first time, the junior senator from New York, Alfonse M. D'Amato, has a challenger who plays politics as he does: tireless to the point of mania, armed with great wads of money and unashamedly eager to poke a stick in his enemy's eye.

Schumer, D'Amato Already on Attack
September 17, 1998
Put on your helmets and flak jackets, the potshots have already begun to fly. Rep. Charles E. Schumer, having crushed former vice presidential nominee Geraldine A. Ferraro in Tuesday's Senate Democratic primary, did not wait until lunch today before he took aim at three-term Republican Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato and began saying hurtful things.

Ferraro Loses New York Senate Bid
September 16, 1998
In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was a national sensation – the first woman chosen by a major party to run for vice president. On Tuesday, after a stinging defeat in her latest comeback attempt, she declared her political career finished.

Schumer Favored to Face D'Amato
September 14, 1998
In a closely watched but oddly insipid Senate primary, longtime Brooklyn Rep. Charles E. Schumer, powered by $13 million, has come from far behind to emerge as the favorite to win the Democratic contest on Tuesday and face the $22 million juggernaut of Republican Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato.

Low on Cash, Ferraro Struggles To Stay Ahead of Primary Foes
July 17, 1998
Geraldine A. Ferraro, the one Democratic candidate in the Senate primary whose face is famous enough to turn heads on the streets of New York, boasted this week about how well her campaign is going.

Ferraro Lashes Out On Mastectomy Bill
May 19, 1998
Digging for traction in her run for the Senate, Democratic contender Geraldine A. Ferraro lambasted Republican Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato for championing a proposed breast cancer law that she said serves insurance companies at the expense of vulnerable women.

D'Amato Shows He Survived Whitewater
May 7, 1998
The three Democrats who covet Republican Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato's job came to a midtown business breakfast to strut their credentials. They had hardly begun to preen when each was slapped with a deflating question: What makes you think you can bring home the bacon like Big Al?

In First Week of Campaign, Ferraro Gathers Funds, Staff
January 12, 1998
Democratic Senate candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro, is helped by her CNN soapbox to build strong New York state poll numbers, yet struggles through the first week of her campaign with little money, a tiny staff and no organization outside of Manhattan. The former Democratic vice presidential nominee was on the phone six to eight hours a day, trying to raise money and hire staff.

Ferraro Enters Race to Take on Sen. D'Amato
January 6, 1998
Former Democratic vice presidential nominee and television commentator Geraldine A. Ferraro returns to national politics, announcing she will seek her party's nomination to challenge Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) for the seat no Democrat has managed to take from him for 17 years.

D'Amato's Uphill Battle
September 28, 1997
Of the 15 Republican senators up for reelection next year, Alfonse M. D'Amato (N.Y.) may have the toughest time of all – especially if former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro enters the race.

D'Amato vs. Forbes?
August 5, 1997
Alfonse D'Amato, chairman of the Banking Committee, is the most vulnerable Republican senator up for a fourth term in 1998. That honor is richly deserved. The smarmy D'Amato is an embarrassment to party, state and Congress – and not just because of his recurring problems with the ethics committee. – Opinion

As Reelection Curtain Time Nears, Senator From New York Changes Tune on NEA
July 2, 1997
If politics is a kind of acting, then Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) can certainly act against type. The senator, who is up for reelection and whose poll numbers could use some sweetening, has proved himself capable of giving two dramatically different readings of the same material.

D'Amato Criticizes Starr
May 18, 1997
Shifting into election overdrive with the election 18 months away, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) said that Whitewater independent council Kenneth W. Starr has compromised his credibility.

Democrats Also Piped Money Into New York
March 9, 1997
It wasn't just Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) and fellow Republicans who channeled national campaign dollars into New York last year to support state and local candidates. Democrats also did it, but on a much smaller scale.

D'Amato Has Reelection Recipe Simmering
February 22, 1997
With Election Day more than 21 months off, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, the hyperactive Republican from a resolutely Democratic state, is cooking up another campaign.

Senate Campaign Cash Diverted to N.Y. GOP
February 19, 1997
Some donors who wrote sizable checks last year to a national campaign committee headed by Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) thought they were giving money to help elect Republican Senate candidates across the country.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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