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On the Circuit : Geraldine Ferraro Mulls Campaign for Senate Seat

March 22, 1985|MARYLOUISE OATES | Times Staff Writer

Another political campaign for Geraldine Ferraro?

"I don't know if I am willing to do it again, and I don't know if I am willing to have my family go through it again," she said in an interview with On the Circuit. The Queens, N.Y., Democrat is looking "carefully" at the 1986 Senate campaign, but "I would have to be silly to think that I wouldn't be personally attacked in the same way . . . a very, very personal campaign."

The campaign for vice president was "considerably" tougher than she expected--"What would I ever have as a precedent so that I could expect that they would attack my husband to the degree that they did and my father and my mother? You tell me. Does anybody know anything about Ronald Reagan's father?"

Ferraro does take blame for some of her campaign problems. "Some of the things I did, I did to myself . . . releasing the press release saying I was going to release my husband's tax returns. Nobody really expected it. It's not required . . . my flip remarks. I did that to myself."

Ferraro's visit--to speak at the MECLA dinner for 1,300-plus last weekend--proved a couple of political points:

She's still considered a draw, as is MECLA--Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles, a political organization concerned with promoting gay rights--now important enough to turn out several dozen elected officials, mostly Democrats.

Not everything went smoothly. Ferraro insisted on speaking early in the program, between the salad and the rolled chicken, supposedly so she could fly back to an important appointment in New York. One dinner organizer even said that she had to rush back for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Whoops. That parade occurred on Saturday afternoon--the same day as the dinner. And where Ferraro headed was upstairs to her 29th-floor Tower suite at the Century Plaza to meet with a fellow diner, state Sen. Art Torres, a principal in the California campaign for Mondale-Ferraro, and his wife, TV personality Yolanda Nava.

Downstairs, the dinner crowd struggled through several hours of programming--awards, entertainment, films. Too bad that only a few elected officials--like state Sens. Gary Hart and Herschel Rosenthal--lasted long enough to see the moving presentation of the Gayle Wilson Memorial awards to the men who started MECLA. Honored were Peter Scott (the organization's first chair), Bill Carey, Rob Eichberg, Peter Frisch, Raymond Hartman, Dana Hopkins, Ron Jacobson, Frank Ker, Judge Stephen Lachs, Chuck Tanner.

TRITE BACK. It's so hard to be trendy. Just when you pick up on a decorating idea, stylish hordes are doing it too. Here's a warning from Paige Rense, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest--beware "beds on the diagonal. They are on the move. Everybody is putting their beds on the diagonal. I started really noticing it a couple of years ago. It does seem to keep accelerating." It's OK, though, to get in on the major trend to "traditional . . . people who scorned chintz are now soaking it in tea." (That makes it look lived in.) Dhurrie rugs "unfurled themselves a few years ago, then disappeared, have now come through their difficulty, and those little dhurries are here to stay." Now we can all relax. Also, for fans of Zubin and Nancy Mehta, the May Architectural Digest will visit them in NYC.

UPCOMING--An announcement that the Beach Boys' Mike Love is putting together a major international concert tour with a slew of rock stars. The tour will raise money for small farmers in Africa and a friend says that "Mike is passionately behind it."

Also, even though Joan Collins has signed to play Maria Callas in a TV movie, she'll be starring in L.A. Thursday as part of a mother-daughter fashion show for the Young Musicians Foundation. Is it hard to picture Alexis as a mom? "Darling, on 'Dynasty,' I am the mother to four children."

WAITER, THE CHECK. Gosh, if we only had known what Marvin Davis and that man who looked like Rupert Murdoch were talking about last week, when, as we reported, they were sighted at Hillcrest. At $250 million, that's quite a tab for lunch.

TURNING THE TABLES. They squeezed in two extra seats at the tables in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel's Grand Ballroom on Wednesday night--turning tables for 10 into tables for 12--so that more than 800 people could be part of the tribute to former Ambassador Walter Annenberg. The $175-a-seat dinner, chaired by his daughter, Wallis, benefited the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, headed by Harriet Hochman. President Reagan sent a videotaped congratulations. Emcee Bob Hope quipped that the President "wanted to be here, but he is home trying to learn how to spell Gorbachev ." Hope described Mr. G. as "the first Russian premier young enough to have been raised on American wheat."

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