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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 19A Aide: Mortham safe on ticket Only blacks invited to race talks 'To say that it was very frustrating for him is putting it mildly. ' SENSOR REPUBLICAN OFFICIAL on Jeb Bush's reaction Lobsters 2 for $2000 Monday Night Our Famous SOUP & SALAD BAR Is Back! C I M K M - . m. .- mm campaign tactics in the 1994 reelection campaign of Gov. Lawton Chiles. "These state officials are busy people; they rely on staff to take care of these kinds of things," said Falmlen who also worked in Chiles' office. "I think it was a total staff foul-up and not something Mortham did deliberately. I would give her the benefit of the doubt." Falmlen adds ominously, however, that should there be more reports of problems in her office, "that campaign is going to start taking on water and then they may have to decide whether she should bail out." Meanwhile, the Democrats may be facing their own problems. It has been discovered that Chiles has taken more than 30 trips on private planes, many of which he had not paid for. By law, Chiles cannot run for a third term, but his problems could taint likely Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay who has admitted using private planes on three occasions for state business. None of this is going away any time soon. The state attorney in Tallahassee, Willie Meggs, is investigating the flights of both Chiles and Allen Mortham. In addition, state Sen. Charlie Crist, R-St. Petersburg, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said the ethics committee he chairs will be investigating Chiles, MacKay and Mortham starting in January. "We're not worried about it," Harrell said. "Sandra Mortham has scoured her department more in the last two weeks than anyone else is going to do. If there was anything more there, she would have found it." MORTHAM From 1A for $7,700. After a couple of days of trying to underplay the episode, Mortham called a news conference last week at which she took the blame for the problems she said were caused by her staff. She shifted a couple of people around in her office and now hopes the whole issue is behind her. While publicly Bush has strongly defended his running mate, this storm was a trying one. "To say that it was very frustrating for him is putting it mildly," said a senior Republican who talked privately with Bush about the matter. "I think it just caught him by surprise. They were trying to be very careful this time about picking a running mate, and this issue just came out of nowhere." Bush can have a fierce temper. His mood is often reflected by his very protective staff who pounced on the press for "getting into a feeding frenzy" over a relatively minor story. As the news broke, the campaign also faced the problem of meshing Mortham's and Bush's staffs together quickly in the middle of a crisis. Because the issue of taking money from Phillip Morris to ostensibly use for state museums rather than parties and trinkets was a state matter, questions had to be dealt with by her office. "There were times in the very beginning when it was very frustrating," said a Republican working with both staffs. "The campaign staff felt they were at the mercy of Mortham's office." Campaign manager Sally Har-rell denies all that. "There was never a problem working with those folks. This tested us all to see if we could move quickly to get the truth out and we did." RESTAURANT Truth or not, the one thing the Democrats got out of this episode is some ammunition for the coming campaign. "To say that this is not going to have any effect would be inaccurate," said Richard Pinsky, a West Palm Beach political consultant who managed former Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher's 1994 race for governor against Bush in the GOP primary. "But in the grand scheme of things, if there is nothing else to come out, this could be minor." Still, Pinsky said, "This gives the Democrats an ad and while you know they are going to be throwing all kinds of stuff at you, the last thing you want to do is help them out." Was there a moment when Bush or any of his staff thought about dumping Mortham from the ticket? Bush says absolutely not. Har-rell says the question "never, never, never came up." A Republican close to Mortham said there was never any hint Bush was thinking about that. There is even some Democratic support for Mortham's problems of the past weeks. "I understand how these things can happen," said Scott Falmlen, the executive director of the state Democratic Party who found himself under scrutiny because of questionable The Washington Post An initiative that President Clinton has billed as an effort to engage the country in a frank dialogue on race relations moved to Dallas Friday in the form of a 'closed-door meeting with .'only blacks invited. The community forum, among the first in a wave of meetings being used to revive an initiative widely criticized as lackluster, was moderated by Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, lone of the administration's highest-ranking black officials. Sylvia Mathews, the White House deputy chief of staff who oversees the initiative, said Saturday: "Based on the facts I know, this is an isolated incident that won't be repeated." Slater's deputy public affairs director, Bill Schulz, said Saturday that his boss saw the meeting "as an opportunity to have a discussion on the race initiative . . . 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