Jewish World Review Jan. 9, 2003 / 6 Shevat, 5763
Man, 41, regrets Daschle's decision not
But reporters cry 'hoax'
A Florida man who expressed his regret that Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) had
decided not to run for President became embroiled in controversy today, as some in
the media accused him of perpetrating a hoax.
The man, Charles Fallon, 41, called reporters from his St. Petersburg home
yesterday to express his disappointment about Mr. Daschle's decision, thus
becoming the only known voter in the country to be sad about it.
But Mr. Fallon's statement, in which he said that he had "really been looking forward
to a Daschle Presidency," raised the suspicions of reporters covering the story.
"His story doesn't pass the smell test," said David Bonner, a reporter for the
Associated Press. "At best, this is a guy who's trying to get publicity. At worst, the
whole thing is a hoax."
Shelley Cullen, a reporter for The Miami Herald, agreed: "Before I believe that
someone out there is disappointed about Daschle's decision, I'd like some proof
that this so-called person exists."
Mr. Fallon scheduled a press conference today to clear the air, but failed to show up,
raising further doubts about his credibility.
"There may be a guy somewhere out there who's sorry that Daschle's not running,"
said Peter Carson of The Orlando Sentinel, "but I'll have to see it to believe it."
A spokesman from Mr. Daschle's office said today that the Senator appreciated Mr.
Fallon's support, if, in fact, Mr. Fallon exists.
The spokesman also poured cold water on rumors that Mr. Fallon's statement
would force the Senator to reconsider his decision, or that Mr. Fallon was, in fact,
Senator Daschle himself.
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