Robert Novak

 Fuller was President Ronald Reagan's Cabinet secretary and later Vice President George H.W. Bush's chief of staff. Goldfield, a Reagan White House aide and later assistant secretary of Commerce, was a fund-raiser in the two Bush-Quayle campaigns.

 While Lieberman is a major voice for lobbyist reform, three of his dinner's five hosts were registered lobbyists. Fuller represents the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Goldfield lobbies for Airbus and for energy companies (ConcocoPhillips, Dynegy International and Gulfsands Petroleum). Co-host C. Michael Gilliland, a partner in the Hogan & Hartson law firm, represents a variety of clients.


 Chuck Harple, national political director of the Teamsters, asserts that freshman Rep. Melissa Bean was not telling the truth in her latest TV interview when she denied pledging to him that she would oppose the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

 Jeff Berkowitz, interviewing Bean Jan. 29 on Chicago public access, asked about this column published that day quoting an unnamed Teamsters official as saying Bean had broke a hard promise to oppose the trade pact. "I have no idea what you're talking about," she replied.

 Berkowitz then said Harple had told him what the unnamed source had told me. She replied: "I'd have to talk to Chuck. I don't know what he's referencing. I don't recall any conversation like that with him." When I contacted Harple, he agreed to be identified as my original source as well as Berkowitz's. "I stand by what I said," he told me, adding that "in a representative government, telling the truth is of the greatest importance."

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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