LAST CALL: Enron's losses are gains for Sharpton

Usually, the purpose of a protest is to call media attention to an

overlooked problem. Unless, of course, the protesters in question are

civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, in which case the

cynical would suggest that the goal is to use the backdrop of a

well-chronicled controversy to generate their own press.

Their latest target? Enron. With so many camera crews already in town,

the rival activists couldn't resist a trip to the company's headquarters

in Houston last week. Sharpton, who is considering a run for the White

House, arrived a day earlier than his former mentor, then chastised his

fellow aspirants for missing such a plum PR opportunity: "As I explore

running for president, it is interesting that none of the other

candidates have been here," he said.

Given the fact that proximity to Enron hasn't worked out that well for a

rather large number of politicians to date, we're wondering why he is so


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