WASHINGTON — COMMERCE Secretary and former Democratic Party chairman Ron Brown claims he has no plans to leave his post to run President Clinton's reelection campaign, but he sure doesn't sound like a man who intends to pore over trade agreements and stay out of the political fray.
At a Monitor breakfast yesterday, Mr. Brown spoke like a campaign manager in waiting:
On the Republican Contract With America: ``We're not going to stand by and let a lot of phony numbers drive this economy into a tailspin.''
On House Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia: ``If past is prologue, you can expect a lot of things that will alarm a lot of people in this country.''
On Clinton's response to Republican calls for tax relief and other measures that Congressman Gingrich says will generate positive ``voter results'' by the 1996 election: ``The difference is, our proposals are going to be responsible.''