`Gadfly Bob' Is In The Catbird Seat

Ever since Pennsylvania voters sent him to Congress in 1977, Representative Robert S. Walker has been one of the Republicans' most aggressive zealots. He led fierce, losing battles against Clinton Administration programs he considered ill-conceived "industrial policy" or plain dumb, especially plans to boost funding for research and development in industry. Walker even brought a staffer's pooch to Capitol Hill to sniff a solar doghouse developed by the Energy Dept. "Gadfly Bob," Democrats called him.

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