While mayor of San Francisco, Dianne Feinstein, 60, was known for being a taskmaster. “I don’t get ulcers,” she once said, “I give them.”
Now that she has become a U.S. Senator, things seem not to have changed. During her first seven months in office, Feinstein lost 14 aides—11 of whom resigned—including her chief of staff and her legislative director. Feinstein berates employees frequently and has been known to send them flowers to apologize. “Working for Feinstein is a thankless job,” says a former campaign consultant. The Senator has said her problems stem from a hastily assembled staff, inexperience in Washington and being a female boss. But a close observer says the Senator “is much harder on women than on men. She’s a real man’s lady.”
Her staff isn’t entirely quiet on the subject. Since she doesn’t like to be called Di, her office softball team, in a gentle jab, is called Never Say Di.
Why would a self-described liberal Democrat like best-selling author Scott Throw, 44, donate $1,000 to conservative Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch? Empathy. In 1987, Turow was accused of misconduct while working as a federal prosecutor. He was exonerated, but not before he had shelled out $50,000 to defend himself.
Turow thought that Justice Department policy of not paying staff legal fees should be changed. Hatch, 59, agreed, and attached a provision for reimbursement to a 1991 crime bill (later vetoed by George Bush). Then, earlier this year. Hatch was implicated in the BCCI banking scandal. Turow heard about a legal-expense trust fund set up by Hatch himself and sent in a contribution, unsolicited. “Here was a guy willing to put himself out for others in similar situations,” explains Turow. “So I felt I would go up to the plate for him.”
Dan Quayle may soon be the Denis Thatcher of Indiana. Hoosier Republicans have hopes of drafting his wife, Marilyn Tucker Quayle, 44, to run for governor in 1996. Not that Dan’s given up all hope of returning to Washington: Insiders say the former Vice President, 46, is waiting to gauge Bill Clinton’s popularity before deciding on a run for President. If he decides no, expect a big Draft Marilyn movement in Indiana. “We’d very much welcome her,” says GOP leader Steve Shine. “She would bring the experience of a knowledgeable leader.”