Why Al D'amato, The Bankers' Pal, Could Make A Comeback

For years, he's been known in New York as Senator Pothole. But now Republican Alfonse M. D'Amato has a new moniker: the Scourge of Switzerland. The feisty Long Island pol has won rave reviews for hectoring secretive Swiss banks to open their books and return millions deposited by Holocaust victims. The feat may transform the Senate Banking Committee chairman from a likely election loser in 1998 to an endangered but viable candidate.

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