National Affairs: Wild Bill & Good Will

When North Dakota's aging (65) Senator "Wild Bill" Langer decided to run for re-election this year, he seemed to be a candidate's dream of an opponent. There were so many things in his record.

In 1934, Langer was ousted as governor of North Dakota after being convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison for extracting political contributions from public employees. He was finally acquitted after an appeal and two new trials, but there was more trouble ahead. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1940 after a surprising political comeback, he faced a "moral turpitude" accusation. The Senate Elections Committee voted 13-3...

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