Posted: Nov. 6, 2003
LAURA BUSH COMES IN TO CAP A
WEEK OF WIVES
By Celia Cohen
Grapevine Political Writer
First lady Laura W. Bush will be in Delaware
on Monday for a pair of appearances in controlled settings, the
third time in a week that the wife of a presidential candidate will
have stopped here.
Bush's visit will be split between policy and
politics, according to Republican State Chairman Terry A. Strine,
who called her "one of the most lovable and respected women in
American public life."
A former Texas teacher and librarian, Bush
will make her first stop at the Shortlidge Elementary School, part
of the Red Clay Consolidated School District, in Wilmington to read
Afterwards she will be the headliner at a
lunchtime fund-raiser for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign at the
Westover Hills home of Charles M. Cawley, the MBNA Corp. president
who is in his second election cycle as a prime moneyman for the
Republican presidential ticket. Invitations went to supporters
Bush's appearances come a week after Hadassah
Lieberman attended the state Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner,
held this past Tuesday in Dover, to represent the campaign of her
husband, U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat who
was his party's 2000 vice presidential nominee.
The day after Lieberman was here, Teresa Heinz
Kerry held three "meet-and-greet" sessions in Wilmington, New Castle
and Dover on behalf of her husband, U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, a
Massachusetts Democrat who also is part of the nine-candidate field
for the presidential nomination.
Bush's visit already has had something of an
impact on Delaware politics, causing some schedule shuffling for
William Swain Lee, the Republican ex-judge who is running for
governor. Lee intended to declare his candidacy officially on Monday
to coincide with the birthday of the Marine Corps, in which he
served. The birthday commemorates the resolution passed by the
Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775, to raise marine battalions.
Obviously outranked by the first lady, Lee
switched his three-county announcement activities to Tuesday, giving
him Veterans Day on Nov. 11 as a consolation prize.
"I always felt like a Marine Corps
counterfeit, anyway, because no one ever shot at me in anger," Lee
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