The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Kerry Campaign Incompetent?
John Kerry's hometown Mayor Tom Menino (search) — a fellow Democrat — is denouncing Kerry's campaign as — "incompetent" and "small-minded." This after Kerry canceled a speech at a mayor's conference in Boston on Monday because city police, battling for higher pay, threatened to picket.
Menino accuses the Kerry Campaign of spreading a rumor that Kerry canceled after Menino hung up on him. Menino told the Boston Herald — "We [Democrats] are all on the same team, I thought. Evidently, we're not." Kerry's campaign suggested Menino was just stressed out.
Green Candidate Going for Kerry?
The Green Party's vice presidential candidate, Patricia LaMarche, says she will vote for John Kerry in November if it's the only way to — "make sure that George Bush is no longer president of the United States."
She tells the Portland Press Herald she'll vote for whoever has the best chance of beating him. LaMarche goes on to say — "I love my country. If [Vice President] Dick Cheney loved his country, he wouldn't be voting for himself."
Behalf of the Common Good?
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is promising to — "take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco, where some paid as much as $10,000 to attend, Clinton said — "Many of you are well enough off that ... [President Bush's] tax cuts may have helped you.
We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you."
The town of Palm Beach, Florida, has apologized to two residents and paid $50,000 in legal fees to the group representing them. This as a result of a lawsuit settled through a court. The Palm Beach government had funded two Jewish Menorahs to be displayed during the past holiday season, but the town refused to allow Nativity Scenes or even respond to residents' offers to donate them.
The two residents, represented by the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, accused the town of — "discrimination towards the Christian faith." The town called it — "frivolous litigation," but appears to have agreed to everything the plaintiffs wanted.
There's a similar case pending in New York City, whose public school system lets students display Jewish Menorahs and Islamic Stars and Crescents, but prohibits students from displaying Nativity Scenes.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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