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WASHINGTON INSIGHT

April 05, 1993|PAUL HOUSTON and WILLIAM J. EATON

LEAST WANTED G-MAN? Ridicule of the late J. Edgar Hoover, the formerly feared and revered FBI director, now has official blessing. Both President Clinton and Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) are taking whacks at Hoover following publication of a best-selling book by Anthony Summers that claims Hoover once attended a party wearing a fluffy black dress, lace stockings, high heels and a curly wig. Clinton's crack at a press dinner that it would "be hard to fill J. Edgar Hoover's pumps" if a new FBI director were needed was matched by Dole. He joked that "the lovely dress" worn by UPI reporter Helen Thomas "is from the new J. Edgar Hoover collection." . . . But so far, lawmakers who charge that Hoover violated the rights of presidents and numerous others have failed to win passage of a bill to remove his name from FBI headquarters. A New Yorker magazine cartoon suggests a simple change: "The Jaye Edgar Hoover Building."

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