Nation: The Long Arm of Billie Sol

The Billie Sol Estes scandal last week claimed its first elective victim. It was, ironically, a Republican and an old foe of Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman's.

As Governor of Minnesota and chairman of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Freeman tried for years to unseat stocky, moonfaced H. Carl Andersen as U.S. Representative from the rural Seventh Congressional District. But Andersen, a conservative on nearly all issues but high farm supports, seemed unbeatable; he was elected twelve times. Then, last January, along came Billie Sol.

Estes had been told that Andersen, as ranking G.O.P. member of the Agriculture appropriations subcommittee, would make a "good...

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