Prosecutor Seeks GOP Nomination

To Challenge Sen. Clinton in 2006

Jeanine Pirro, a high-profile prosecutor in the New York City suburbs, said yesterday that she will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y) next year.

Clinton, leaving a New York City event, ignored reporters' shouted questions about Pirro's announcement. Pirro said the former first lady is more interested in running for president than in being senator -- speculation that Clinton has sought to quash.

Pirro, who was included on People Magazine's list of 50 most beautiful people in 1997, has a reputation for combating domestic violence and prosecuting Internet pedophiles in Westchester County, and she has long been considered a possible Republican candidate for Senate.

In a state where more than 60 percent of voters disapprove of President Bush's handling of his job, Pirro could be attractive to voters because she is relatively liberal.

"I am running against Hillary Clinton because New York state deserves a senator who will give her all to the people of New York for a full term, who will not miss votes to campaign in [presidential] primaries," Pirro said in a statement.

Clinton is widely seen as a presidential contender in 2008, despite her frequent assurances that she is focused on the Senate reelection campaign.

DeLay Foster Child Project Opens

With Homes Built by GOP Donor

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) opened a privately financed project in Texas touted as an innovative way of giving abused and neglected children a stable foster home environment.

"There is no other place in the entire country that does what we're trying to do," DeLay said of the project in Richmond, Tex. "And we hope to take this as a model around the country because the foster care system in every state has problems that need to be dealt with."

The project also has drawn attention because the first phase includes homes constructed by Houston-based builder Perry Homes.

The company is owned by Bob Perry, a Republican Party financial donor who gained notoriety last year as the chief financial backer of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose ads criticized the Vietnam War record of Democratic challenger John F. Kerry.

Ad Assails Sen. Burns for Ties

With Embattled Lobbyist Abramoff

The Montana Democratic Party -- aided by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- is airing a television ad criticizing Republican Sen. Conrad Burns for his dealings with a GOP lobbyist who is under federal investigation.

The DSCC contribution on the ad referring to lobbyist Jack Abramoff was its first salvo in the Senate ad wars that are just warming up. Republicans aired an ad criticizing Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) late last month.

Burns is running for his fourth term in the Senate, and four Democrats have entered the race. His is one of 33 Senate seats up for election in 2006.

The Burns campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee said the ad is false and asked TV stations to stop airing it.

The television spot, which was airing statewide through the week, criticizes Burns for what it said was his vote to give one of the nation's wealthiest Indian tribes $3 million from a federal program intended for cash-strapped tribal schools.

The Michigan tribe was a client of Abramoff, who donated money to Burns's political action committee and is now under investigation, accused of bilking his Indian clients.

-- From News Services