A Gentler Checchi

Since his attack ads backfired and sent him tumbling in the polls, former Northwest Airlines Corp. boss Alfred A. Checchi is going positive in a final TV blitz before California's June 2 Democratic primary for governor. Checchi fell from first place to third, according to a Los Angeles Times survey, after he aired negative commercials targeting opponents Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis and Representative Jane Harman. So Checchi, who may wind up spending $40 million of his $700 million fortune, is running new ads featuring a smiling Al eager to hire cops, fix schools, and create jobs.

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