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December 4, 1991
White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigned yesterday after telling President Bush he didn't want to hurt his re-election chances.The Evening Sun wants to know if you think Sununu's decision will help or hurt the president in the 1992 election.Call SUNDIAL, the Baltimore Sun's telephone information system, on a Touch-Tone phone. The call is local, and answers will be registered between 10 a.m. and midnight. The SUNDIAL phone number is 783-1800 or, in Anne Arundel County, 268-7736. When you reach SUNDIAL, enter category 4600 and wait for instructions.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | January 27, 2005
WASHINGTON - U.S. senators introduced a bill yesterday to create a federal regulator with the authority to sell the assets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the event of default. The legislation also would give a new regulator the power to adjust minimum and risk-based capital standards and to disapprove new lines of business at the two government-chartered mortgage finance companies, said Sen. John E. Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican and co-sponsor of the bill. After accounting errors at Fannie Mae, the Senate Banking Committee will "have more momentum and a greater imperative for passing a bill" than last year, when it approved legislation that stalled in the Senate, Sununu said.
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NEWS
December 5, 1991
The resignation of John Sununu as White House chief of staff will help President Bush in the 1992 election, in the opinion of 169 out of 207 callers to SUNDIAL, or 81 percent. Thirty-eight callers (18 percent) think his decision will hurt the president."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
NEWS
November 6, 2002
U.S. SENATE GOP edges toward control GOP's Dole wins in N.C., Sununu triumphs in N.H.; Dems' Cleland loses in Georgia. KEY RACES Georgia Chambliss (R) 52% Cleland (D) 47% 92% reporting New Hampshire Sununu (R) 51% Shaheen (D) 47% 96% reporting U.S. HOUSE Ruppersberger, Van Hollen win GOP retains majority in House; Md. Republicans Bentley and Morella defeated. KEY RACES Maryland 2nd Ruppersberger (D) 55% Bentley (R) 45% 100% reporting Maryland 8th Van Hollen (D) 52% Morella (R)
NEWS
April 25, 1991
With a kind of audacious desperation, the White House clings to the claim that it's perfectly legal for John Sununu to commandeer military aircraft to fly him around for speaking engagements, Republican fund-raisers and even recreational trips to ski resorts.Even though such flights cost 30 or 40 times the going rate for a first-class commercial flight ticket, says President Bush, Sununu's counsel is so indispensable that the president just can't be without it for a moment. If that's so, should Sununu be away from the job doing political duty?
NEWS
June 20, 1991
White House chief of staff John Sununu has an "appearance problem." The source of this revelation is President Bush who, in an earlier response to Mr. Sununu's penchant for cost-free travel on personal business, said he wanted to avoid even "the appearance of impropriety."On that occasion, the president barred his top aide from using U.S. military aircraft, at taxpayer expense, to fly off to skiing vacations, dental appointments and other unofficial missions. So the ingenious Mr. Sununu opted for another form of transport.
NEWS
By William Safire | July 1, 1991
I LIKE to think I'm not hypersensitive; give a pop, take a pop, such is the nature of political conflict. But John Sununu's descent into the gutter of bigotry in seeking to impugn the motives of his critics should not go unremarked.The Wall Street Journal recently ran an unsourced item on its front page: "Israel supporters quietly campaign against him (Sununu), spreading their complaints about his ties to Arab-American groups." I wondered who was selling that story.Then last Monday, I opened the Washington Post to find an astounding sentence in a column by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak.
NEWS
December 5, 1991
Despite caterwauling from the right, even conservative ideologues will not miss John H. Sununu. As White House chief of staff, he did all that could have been expected to serve their social agenda. Especially on abortion, the environment and affirmative action, he was unbending and did much to keep President Bush in line. But Mr. Sununu committed the sin of deviating from the economic agenda of the Reaganite supply-siders in putting together a 1990 budget agreement that abandoned the Bush campaign pledge of "no new taxes."
NEWS
By William Safire | October 29, 1991
Washington -- ON JULY 23, acting on a tip from an informant familiar with the political reach of BCCI, I posed this question to White House counsel Boyden Gray: Did John Sununu have any dealings with BCCI or its subsidiaries?Gray checked and called back promptly: "No. A flat denial." Accordingly, I wrote nothing; an unequivocal denial through the president's attorney squelches a rumor.However, we now know that at about that time, Ed Rogers -- Sununu's right-hand man, political protege and personal press agent -- was in the process of being hired by Sheik Kamal Adham, the former chief of Saudi intelligence suspected of being at the heart of the biggest swindle in history.
NEWS
By Jeff Gerth and Jeff Gerth,New York Times News Service | June 30, 1991
CONCORD, N.H. -- Money from a $230,000 political fund lef over from John H. Sununu's tenure as governor of New Hampshire is helping cover his personal expenses as White House chief of staff, and payments from the fund have stepped up in the last eight months, public records show.New Hampshire law allows money raised for state races, such as Mr. Sununu's for governor, to be used for the personal expenses of a candidate or a candidate's family. But when Mr. Sununu went to Washington in 1989, his aides said the balance in the fund would be used only for political purposes.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | October 23, 2002
CONCORD, N.H. -- Although President Bush officially kept hands off in last month's Republican senatorial primary, it's no secret that the White House was relieved when Rep. John E. Sununu defeated two-term incumbent Sen. Bob Smith. Mr. Smith's brief defection from the Republican Party in 1999 made him a prospective loser for re-election againstDemocratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, term-limited out of office and seeking the Senate seat. The president was quick to come to New Hampshire after the primary, raising more than $300,000 for the suddenly revitalized Republican cause.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | October 21, 2002
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Running against a woman candidate often persuades a male opponent to pull his punches, if only out of fear of a voter backlash. But that didn't stop Republican senatorial nominee Rep. John Sununu from coming out swinging in his debate here the other night with his Democratic foe, three-term Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. In his opening statement, Mr. Sununu, son of the former White House chief of staff of the same name, lashed out at Ms. Shaheen for "running ads scaring senior citizens about Social Security," calling it "the lowest form of politics there is."
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | September 9, 2002
MILFORD, N.H. -- At an early breakfast meeting the other day, Rep. John E. Sununu, after a lengthy pitch to the local Rotary Club on why he should win Tuesday's Republican senatorial primary against incumbent Bob Smith, invited questions from the audience. The first queries, however, had nothing to do with the primary. One Rotarian demanded: "How do you solve the problem in Iraq?" Mr. Sununu replied: "The easy answer is, you replace Saddam Hussein with a government that's representational, that's democratically elected, and that's at least neutral if not friendly to the United States."
NEWS
By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 6, 2002
SALEM, N.H. - After 18 years in Congress, 12 of them in the Senate, Sen. Robert C. Smith will find out Tuesday whether he still holds the hearts of the state's Republicans he walked out on three years ago for a brief and disastrous independent presidential fling. Smith, who quickly relented and came home, is facing a strong primary challenge from Rep. John E. Sununu, a six-year House member and son of the former governor who served as chief of staff in the White House of the first President George Bush.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | September 6, 2002
BEDFORD, N.H. -- When you walk into the re-election campaign headquarters of Republican Sen. Bob Smith, a life-size cardboard likeness of President Bush stands there to greet you, sporting a Smith campaign sticker. If you want to infer from it that the president endorses him in next Tuesday's primary election against Rep. John E. Sununu, a six-year House member, you're free to do so. Mr. Smith, seeking a third six-year term, certainly likes to leave that impression. But in fact the best Mr. Bush has done is to authorize a general statement that he favors the renomination of all Republican incumbents.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | April 5, 2002
LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- In the Republicans' hopes to regain control of the Senate in November, no incumbent seeking re-election is in more peril than Bob Smith, the tall and hulking maverick. He quit the GOP briefly on a fool's errand bid for the presidency as an independent and then embarrassingly slipped back into the fold. Mr. Smith has been in New Hampshire during the Easter break busily trying to ward off the primary challenge of Rep. John E. Sununu, namesake son of the state's former governor and controversial White House chief of staff of President George Bush the senior.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | June 18, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Ever since the White House cut back on John H. Sununu's use of military aircraft for leisure and political travel, the controversial chief of staff has been soliciting free trips aboard jets provided by American corporations, White House officials said yesterday.In the latest instance, Beneficial Corp., a consumer credit company headquartered in Peapack, N.J., provided a chartered jet for Mr. Sununu to return to Washington from a New York stamp auction and a New Jersey GOP fund-raiser Wednesday night.
NEWS
By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau | April 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Top Bush administration officials took dozens of personal or political trips aboard military aircraft that cost the taxpayers three-quarters of a million dollars, but the government was repaid only $61,585, the General Accounting Office reported yesterday.Meantime, another independent audit released yesterday found more private trips for which former Chief of Staff John H. Sununu used government vehicles without paying for them at all.According to the GAO report, Cabinet-level members of the administration took 35 trips that were purely political or personal in nature.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | March 3, 1992
CNN proved once again last night that just about anybody can be a TV news personality.Two years ago, the Cable News Network plucked a district court judge off the bench in Dallas, Texas, and made her co-anchor of its dinner-time newscast.Last night, CNN took John Sununu, the former White House chief of staff, and made him co-host of "Crossfire."For those not familiar with the show, "Crossfire" is a nightly half-hour of political debate. It normally features Michael Kinsley "from the left," as CNN says, and Patrick Buchanan "from the right."
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