Now, as he has throughout his 4 1/2 years in the Clinton administration, Lindsey lives in Washington apart from his wife, who has stayed in Little Rock. Their two children are away at college. Kantor, Clinton's former Commerce secretary and chairman of the 1992 campaign, empathizes with the difficulties Lindsey must continue to face.
"I don't know how anybody in that position with any president could ever insulate himself from criticism or controversy," Kantor said. "Because [he's] the person who has to take the bullet. And that's just the way it is."
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Profile: Bruce Lindsey
* Age: 49
* Birthplace: Little Rock, Ark.
* Education: Rhodes College (Tenn.), bachelor of arts, 1970; Georgetown University, law degree, 1975.
* Current title: assistant to the president and deputy White House counsel since 1994.
* Career: Legal counsel to the governor of Arkansas, 1975-76; legislative director to Sen. David Pryor, 1979-81; Clinton campaign director, 1991-92; assistant to the president, senior advisor and director of presidential personnel, 1993-94.