Nation: Griffin's Gaffe

Senator No Show

In the spring of 1977, Michigan's Robert Griffin had had enough of the U.S. Senate, in which he had served for eleven years. He was depressed over the election defeat of Gerald Ford. He was upset by his loss of the job of Republican Senate leader by a single vote to Tennessee's Howard Baker. Griffin decided to retire from the Senate and return to his law practice in Traverse City. He then seemed to lose interest in the Senate, missing 216 roll-call votes last year, which placed him in a tie for...

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