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Fleischer to tie knot

By KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House Reporter   |   April 23, 2002 at 5:23 PM

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- The bells White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is hearing aren't from an errant cell phone. Wedding chimes are on his planner.

Fleischer, 41, is engaged to marry Rebecca Davis, a staffer in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Davis, 26, reportedly accepted Fleischer's proposal Sunday when he presented her with a Tiffany diamond engagement ring.

Tuesday was no different when Fleischer was asked if he has set a date for the upcoming nuptials. Flesicher, with a smile as wide as Texas, opted out of the role of blushing groom.

"I can fall back into presidential-spokesman-speak and say that we're working on the modalities, working on the timing."

But when pressed he simply reverted to the traditional party line, "When we have something to announce, we'll announce it."

Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, a suburban community in New York state. He graduated Middlebury College in 1982 with a degree in political science. After working on the campaign trail for a Republican assemblyman in New York, he went to work for the Republican National Committee. Fleischer then went to work in 1989 for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

Fleischer joined Bush's presidential campaign after working for the House Ways and Means Committee and has been the facing the White House Press Corps every day since the 2000 presidential election.

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