For two years now, Terry Bork has been singlemindedly meeting people in Washington, planning his mother's revenge.
Bork, 23, believes his mother, Norma, should inherit Rep. Don Clausen's congressional seat in California. Republican Clausen defeated Democrat Bork two years ago, garnering 51.9 percent of the vote in California's second district north of San Francisco compared to her 45.2 percent. The Borks say they were simply outspent; Clausen has a war chest of $212,000 compared to Bork's $38,000.
Terry Bork -- who is the younger of two sons of a professor of archeology and Norma Bork, speech pathologist and would-be congresswoman -- set about to see that 1980 would be different. After his mother's defeat two years ago, he began working in a patronage job on Capitol Hill. Then he arranged his work schedule so he had a couple afternoons free each week to get to know influential Washingtonians.
"This is a product of a year's work, two afternoons a week," he says, handing a visitor two plastic binders that contain about 200 business cards. "I knew I'd be preparing the way for this fund-raising, and these are the people I need to know to succeed financially."
The cards are from influential Hill staffers, lobbyists for various interest groups, reporters and others who make it their business to follow politics.
Bork also made a list of about 100 political action groups whose interests are compatible with his mother's and not so compatible with incumbent Clausen's. Next to each PAC he listed a minimum and maximum contribution he could expect.
Then, last month, Bork began working out of a borrowed downtown office to put his two years of planning to work. He set a minimum fund-raising goal of $40,000, a maximum of $80,000. His first fund-raiser, featuring Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland as a special guest, raised about $8,500. a
Bork would like to work as a congressional press secretary in the future, though he says he has no desire to work for his mother on Capitol Hill. And if he sometimes thinks his mixing of family and politics is strange, he need only think of Ed Reibman, a young man who was working out of his office until about a month ago. Reibman was working for his mother, Jeanette, who hopes to unseat incumbent Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Donald Ritter.