Seven Sorry Senators

A tidal wave of ethics cases may boost campaign-finance reform

It may be unique in the annals of excuses for leaving the bride at the altar. California Senator Alan Cranston, 75, indefinitely postponed his Christmas Eve wedding to real estate broker Cathy Pattiz, 49, on account of the turmoil caused by his receipt of $850,000 from Charles Keating, the former owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan. "When the press pounced upon us before we filled out the marriage-license forms, it became clear to me that this is not an appropriate time to start a marriage," said Cranston, who has started two marriages before. "It would not be fair to Cathy to...

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