Nation: Charlie's Woes

Congressman Wilson is accused of ethics violations

During most of his nine terms in the House, California Congressman Charles Wilson, 62, was best known not for his legislative record (meager) nor for his oratorical skills (weak) but for his fondness for occasionally dressing like a race track tout (garish plaid suit, green and black loafers, pearl and diamond stickpin). That is, until 1978, when Wilson gained national headlines for his part in the "Koreagate" scandal. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct found Wilson guilty of lying to conceal the fact that he had received an illegal cash gift of $1,000...

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