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From: "Galya Diment" <galya@u.washington.edu>

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*** You may find this curious, albeit rather depressing:

Gov. Derides First Lady Over Writer


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 3:17 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Maybe it was Gov. George Pataki who should
have studied for the Senate debate between Hillary Rodham Clinton and
Republican
opponent Rick Lazio.

The Republican governor astonished reporters on Sunday when
he derided Clinton for citing E.B. White, a longtime writer for New
Yorker magazine and
author of the children's classics ``Charlotte's Web'' and ``Stuart
Little.''

Near the end of Sunday's senatorial debate, both Clinton and
Lazio were asked for their definitions of a New Yorker, especially in
light of the
``carpetbagger'' tag that Lazio has sought to attach to the first lady.

Clinton said White and others have defined New Yorkers over
the years, adding that New York has always been a ``magnet for people from
literally
all over the world.

``People are drawn to New York because this is a place that
you can stake your claim, you can build a future, you can dream your
dreams. And it is a place
that I've always known welcomed everyone from everywhere, including
immigrants from
Washington, D.C.''

In the post-debate ``spin'' session, where supporters from
each camp tell the media how well
their candidate did, Pataki attacked both Clinton and White,
a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y.,
which is not far from Pataki's hometown of Peekskill.

``Rick Lazio looks, sounds and talks like a New Yorker,'' he
said. ``Mrs. Clinton quoted some guy, Wyatt or somebody -- I don't think
he was from Brooklyn
-- with some definition of a New Yorker that she must have read
somewhere.''

The Yale graduate then dug in deeper: ``I don't know who
that guy was. I don't know what he
wrote. I don't know where he was from. But it sure doesn't sound to me
like that guy was a
New Yorker or understood New York the way we do.

When told that Clinton was referring to E.B. White and not
someone named Wyatt, Pataki said: ``Where's he from?''

He then was told that White had written for The New Yorker
for years. Pataki continued: ``Well, maybe the average member of the
media who lives in Manhattan, when they're quoting New York, would use
E.B. White, or
whatever his name is. I don't think people from Brooklyn or Peekskill
would have quoted that
person.''

For his part, Lazio's experience in reading bedtime stories
to his two young daughters paid off when reporters asked about his
knowledge of White:

``He wrote `Charlotte's Web.'''
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EDITOR's NOTE. Katharine White was one of VN's editors at THE NEW YORKER.
VN mentioned to her that his"admiration for your husband's work boundless,
and I love every line he writes." BOYD I, pp. 143-4