Speculation is rife that Walter Mondale’s eighteen years in private life may have made him vulnerable as a political candidate, and that the Democrats may have acted hastily in selecting Mondale before thinking through what skeletons may be in his closet. Mondale has been on the board of directors of an HMO for some years, and it is being reported that over the last several years, he has sold several million dollars worth of stock. This is still rumor at this stage, and it is not clear how stock sales by Mondale and other insiders may correlate to losses suffered by outside investors. But it is obvious to all who know Mondale that, for better or worse, he is no Paul Wellstone. One can only speculate how Wellstone’s partisans will react when they learn about Mondale’s business dealings over the past two decades.
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