Former Massachusetts Republican Governor Wifliam Weld has thrown in the towel in his bid to be ambassador to Mexico.

Jesse Helms has won- And anyone who expected anything resembling fairness in this matter has lost.

New England Republicans had good reason to be proud of Mr. Weld's fiscally conservative record in the Bay State. And New England Republicans, like most Americans, had the right to think Mr. Weld should be treated fairly by a Republican- controlled Senate. Weld was certainly entitled to a hearing to defend his record and his views before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. A majority of the committee thought he should have a confirmation hearing. But committee Chairman Helms said no. And on Capitol Hill, the will of a powerful committee chairman counts for more than the will of other duly elected senators - no matter how asinine or mean spirited the chairman.

It's little wonder so many Americans have lost confidence in Washington.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record


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