Al Checchi Is Singing: California, Here I Come

Suddenly, the multimillionaire is looking like a serious contender for governor

Alfred A. Checchi is not yet a professional politician, and it shows. True, the former Northwest Airlines Corp. co-chairman who wants to be California's next governor spoke with ease at a recent rally at Pasadena City College, hitting all the points in his burgeoning campaign--from beefing up police departments to spending more on education. But when his prepared speech was over, Checchi found himself stumped by the very first question. Staring blankly at the crowd of 200, Checchi looked perplexed, then finally shot back: "No, I don't yet have a position on Indian gaming in California."

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