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Lewinsky's mother to wed N.Y. man

Friday, January 30, 1998

  • Lewinsky friends tell of infatuation with Clinton
  • Tide of public sentiment turning against Starr
  • Legal setbacks for Clinton investigators
  • Prosecutors could find themselves in a dilemma
  • Aides say president is likely to defer explanation

    The Associated Press

    MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The mother of Monica Lewinsky is getting married to an upstate New York media mogul, her future son-in-law said Thursday.

    Marcia Lewis and R. Peter Straus were recently engaged, said Straus' son Eric Straus of Red Hook. Lewis' daughter is at the center of the sex scandal that has rocked President Clinton's administration. Lewinsky has allegedly admitted on tape that she had an affair with the president.

    The elder Straus is head of Straus Communications, which owns 11 radio stations and five small newspapers in the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey.

    Peter Straus, 74, said he and Clinton share a mutual friend, Vernon Jordan, who has been accused of trying to cover up Lewinsky's alleged affair. But Straus said in Thursday's edition of the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that he is not the link that connected Jordan and Lewinsky.

    "I met her once or twice," Straus said of Lewinsky. "I'm not going to comment further on that. I'm not going to say anything other than confirming that I love Marcia Lewis very much."

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