Bennett opts for money over GOP job

December 14, 1990|By Newsday

WASHINGTON -- William Bennett, the White House's controversial choice to head the Republican National Committee, has decided not take the job because of financial considerations.

"I didn't take a vow of poverty," Bennett told reporters yesterday after delivering a letter to President Bush relaying his decision. He acted after the White House counsel advised that under new federal ethics laws he would have had to give up lucrative book and speaking fees for one year.

A new Republican chairman could be announced as early as today, senior administration officials said.

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