The Nation: Hickel Halted

Walter Hickel gave up his job as Governor of Alaska in 1969 to go to Washington as President Nixon's first Secretary of the Interior. That turned out to be a mistake because Nixon fired him less than a year later. Hickel made the observation, which then seemed presumptuous, that Nixon had cut himself off from the outside world; worse, he allowed that view to leak out to the public. In his current bid for a second term as Alaska's Governor, Hickel, 55, used his dismissal as a point in his favor, but it was not enough to win him victory.

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