Gop Frosh Are Saying: `See Ya Around, Newt'

Many are running scared and putting distance between themselves and the Speaker

Freshmen Republican Representatives William J. Martini and David Funderburk are glad to tell you about their differences with House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Martini, fighting for survival in a largely blue-collar northern New Jersey district, boasts that he has voted against the Speaker more often than any other GOP rookie. What's more, he has been endorsed by two environmental groups and 11 union locals. Martini is not a Newt robot but a freethinking moderate, he's quick to remind voters. "I'm a congressman who has broken ranks with the leadership," he says. "I'm a Republican freshman who got it."

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