The Trials of David Durenberger

If the scandal-plagued Senator does not resign, his colleagues might send him packing. The griddle is still hot for six others

Except for passing up a pay raise, there is nothing the Senate abhors more than sitting in judgment of one of its own. But unless Minnesota's errant Republican David Durenberger resigns in the next few weeks, the "world's most exclusive club" will soon face a wrenching choice: oust him or appear to condone repeated instances of rule evasion and lawbreaking.

Durenberger, 55, until recently was best known in Washington for a troubled domestic life and an erratic voting record that hewed to his party's line only about half the time. But in 1988, as he campaigned successfully for re- election, questions...

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