Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 2
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
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2A -- June 6. I97( Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, Wesi Virginia Hays Not First U.S. Political Figure to Philander StimliiY Gitzctlc-Mdil Entered ii ittcns Mass maMer a' ihe PCS! 0!!ce a! CraMest;". rt va . n"3»r lie- a:' c' Va'ii 3 I3« ' -a'i c' O / Co"."'u'"- £«.": -;n. A Va ered; on the contrary, many applauded his escapades for their agitation of the white establishment. Then there is the celebrated, if not downright pathetic, case of Rep. Wilbur -; ; f Mills, who not only fre- JH \ quented the charms of . f stripper Fanne Foxe, the £ Argentine firecracker, r^-X, . but e v e n , in the end, · **' * climbed up on the stage of a joint in Boston for a public kiss. Now that, it may be said, is not especially discreet. Unlike most politicians about whom sex stories surface, the Mills episode Mitts Eisenhower came as a shocker even to those who thought they knew him well. · There were a few whispers, to be sure, in the months just prior to Miss Foxe's opening plunge into the Washingtmn Tidal Basin, but these were widely dismissed. Mills was, after all, an older man of impeccable reputation; a cranial sort whose · r i»fo-» idea of a good time was t? ^« marking up a tax bill as ! lj chairman of the ways and | i means committee. S But he was also a man gripped by alcoholism; and that, if he continues to abstain, may turn out to be his greatest con; quest. Meanwhile, he has \ resumed, by all accounts, a normal l i f e w i t h his wife Polly. . Another recent case, and one that seems · -lo parallel that of Hays, involves former -;Rep. Joseph Maraziti of New Jersey, T-whose previous leap fom obscurity had ·'him staunchly defending Richard M. Nix-;on during the House Judiciary Committee '·impeachment hearings. A one-termer who .was defeated in his 1974 re-election bid, ^Maraziti is under a federal grand jury iprobe for allegedly employing an attrac- - ;tive female in a no-show federal job while ' -he was in Congress. : Maraziti, who like Hays and Mills, is in , his 60s, first denied knowing the woman, who reportedly drew a salary from his off- ·;ice under one name while actually working for a law firm under another. Later he acknowledged that "Sure I went to see her . . . But what's the relevancy of the question. What does it mean." As for her use of .two names, Ann LeClerc and Linda Collison, "If that's the way she wanted it, that's her business," he said. The Maraziti story surfaced during his re-election campaign. Whether that played a dominant role in his defeat is difficult to tell. But is it clear that while many voters may not be bothered by a candidate's sexual habits, they're not so happy when it's done at direct taxpayer expense. When it comes lo sheer playing around, a politician may or may not hurt himself with the voters. MANY AN EYEBROW remains arched over where Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was really headed on that drive with Mary Jo Kopechne, but he continues to roll up astounding margins in the Massachusetts and, indeed, national polls. Sex was never an issue in John F. Kennedy's 1960 victory over Nixon for the presidency, even though there were plenty of stories even then about his romantic prowess. Republicans twice even got their hands on photographs--one of them supposedly s h o w i n g h i m leaving a girl f r i e n d ' s apartment, and another, years earlier, of John Kennedy and a woman friend in a compromised s t a t e of dress on the beach. Kennedy himself did little to counter Hie image; some of his closest advisers believe he thought it a plus. Once, when a reporter asked the family patriarch, Joseph Kennedy, if the rumors about JFK's girls would hurt his presidential bid. the old man replied that the people did not give a damn about whom John slept with. One aide to the late president tells a typical Kennedy tale, as related in the MacPherson book. The aide unwittingly returned a hotel room key to a buxom young thing, who had dropped it at a cocktail reception. He thought he was being courteous. But Kennedy later barked at him. "You idiot! That was for me." There are dozens of even juicier tales, most of them unsubstantiated. Two women. Judith Campbell Exner. a reputed onetime party girl for mobster Sam Giancana. and aging striptease queen Blaze Starr, both are p u b l i c i z i n g upcoming books thai claim affairs with President ' Kennedy. The fact remains that the line of citizens who troop to his grave for a moist- eyed salute has yet to diminish. 'Though he never s u f f e r e d that much documented publicity over it. Lyndon Johnson's eye for the women was equally well-known. But so was his love for Lady Bird. One oft-repeated anecdote was about Johnson's own bragging whenever he'd , take visitors for a tour of his Texas ranehhouse. I He'd motion to his bed and remark, "I've had hundreds of women . . . I but nobod ' is better in that bed th. i Lady Bird." Others, tjo, seemed to revel in a racy image of Vl themselves, even to culti- / vaie it. Despite all the publicity over his young wife, old Strom Thurmond remains a Senate fixture and his office a haven of pulchritude. And among other "good old boys" of the South, Estes Kefauver and George Smathers - a longtime Kennedy chum -- made little effort to appear all that good. . M there have been m^t urtful epi- Rockefeiler's divorce from his first wife in favor of Happy was the talk of the nation for a time, and there is little doubt it set back his early efforts at the presidency. The late Drew Pearson has written that M i c h i g a n Sen. A r t h u r V a n d e n b e r g shunned a campaign for the presidency because he feared his affairs with two women, one a British widow and the other the wife of a German diplomat, would be exposed. . Further back. Vice President Richard M. Johnson was dumped by President Martin Van Buren after one term for openly keeping three black mistresses. Ironically, the matter was called to Van Buren's attention by an indignant Andrew Jackson -- who would himself later be attacked as a philanderer. There were rumors of adultery about President Woodrow Wilson, including one published account that the Secret Service threw a certain lady out of Washington when her talk got too loose. And who knows what the political consequences might have been if the extramarital exploits of President Warren G. Harding had become public knowledge before his death in office? According to the Encyclopedia Americana, one of his mistresses. Nan Britton, had a daughter by Harding. And two other presidents of this century, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower, escaped timely public disclosure of their affection for other women. IT WASN'T UNTIL 1968 that former FDR aide Jonathan Daniels told the "beautiful story" of Roosevelt's 32-year friendship with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, his wife's first social secretary. According to Daniels, the relationship came close to breaking up Franklin and Eleanor's storied marriage, and probably would have done so had it not been for his polio attack in 1921. which made him "wholly Eleanor's to serve and save." Even so. Roosevelt continued to see Lucy off and on until his death--and she was near on that day in Warm Springs. Ga. She died four years later. So, too. did Kay Summersby go to her grave, early last year, without breathing a scandalous word of her relationship with then Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. "I have never been one to kiss and tell." she told reporters. "It was a friendship 1 recall with tenderness and affection--but that's as far as I'm going. The story surfaced in Merle Miller's book on former President Harry Truman, "Plain Speaking." In it. Miller told of how Eisenhower had written gen. George C. Marshall to inform him he wanted to divorce Mamie to marry the WAC captain who had been his driver-secretary during the war years. Truman was shocked. Miller wrote, and, with the president's knowledge, Marshall wrote back that Eisenhower would be busted out of the Army if he pursued his plan. Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, suffered plenty of attacks during his career because of his relationship with Sally Hemings, his slave mistress. Similarly, Grover Cleveland made it to the presidency despite his admission that he had fathered an illegitimate child. Republicans tried to defeat him with chants of "Ma, Ma, Where's my Pa?" but the Democrats had the last laugh: "Gone to the White House. Ha. Ha, Ha!" 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