Everybody's Pal

Pal

New York's Republican Senator Alfonse D'Amato may be considered a lightweight on serious affairs of state, but when it comes to taking care of constituents, he is in a class by himself. After narrowly capturing the seat of the highly respected but terminally ill Senator Jacob Javits in 1980, the "Pothole Senator" easily won re-election in 1986 as a first-rate fixer who answers phone calls and delivers goodies to the home front. Said an admiring colleague: "He works harder than any Congressman."

Perhaps too hard. In the varied scandals involving improper political influence that have beset the capital, one name keeps...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!