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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Asides: Holding A Vote For Hillary?
February 10, 2000
Copyright © 2000 DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC.. All Rights
It's been only a year since Puerto Ricans rejected a statehood
referendum, but President Clinton wants them to trudge to the
polls again. His new budget, incredibly, includes a $2.5 million
request for a new statehood vote in Puerto Rico . White House
aide Jeffrey Farrow says the vote could be held as early as October
if Congress approves. Hmmm. Statehood is more popular among the
800,000 Puerto Ricans living in New York City than it is in San
Juan. If it weren't for all the other examples of Clinton officials
shaping official policies to aid Hillary Clinton's Senate candidacy,
we'd restrain our skepticism. But as it is, we won't be surprised
to see Hillary calling on Congress to allow the referendum down
on the island, and then blaming Rudy Giuliani if the result justifiably
rejects the idea of making Puerto Ricans hold a third vote on
statehood in only seven years.