Durenberger's Comedown . . .

The Senate ethics committee recommends tough sanctions against a rules-bending lawmaker

The disintegration of a public man entered its final stages last week when the Senate ethics committee recommended that the full Senate publicly denounce Minnesota Republican David Durenberger, 55, who occupies the seat once held by Hubert Humphrey and at one time looked as though he might be worthy of it. The panel's three Democrats and three Republicans accused the Senator of knowingly engaging in reprehensible conduct that was "clearly and unequivocally unethical." They also recommended that Durenberger be required to pay to charity the $95,000 he received in excess of allowable speaking fees and another $29,000 he pocketed by charging...

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