John E. Moss and Al Gore
As Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign moves into its final months, The
Washington Post has run a series of articles about the Democratic candidate. In
that series, the Post identifies Gore as a member of John's oversight and investigation
committees. One part of a paragraph from one article of that series states:
'It was obvious to his colleagues and the subcommittee
staff that Gore was uncommonly competent as well as aggressive. John E. Moss
of California, the venerable First Amendment liberal who drafted the Freedom
of Information Act, chaired oversight and investigations during Gore's first
term, and trusted the freshman so much that he virtually turned the
subcommittee over to him months before his retirement. Even though, as one
staff member said, Gore was "not the most huggable guy around,"
aides clamored to work on his hearings. He shared their fascination with
detail, loving, as colleague Dennis E. Eckart of Ohio noticed, "to drop
down to levels C, D, E and F of an issue."'