In Search of a Way Out

As new suspicions build, Senator Packwood considers resignation

The harder Senator Bob Packwood struggles to salvage his career, the deeper he sinks into the mire. First, his efforts to contest charges by 10 women of uninvited sexual advances spawned at least 18 new accusers and Senate charges of sexual misconduct. Then his attempt to discredit those charges by producing portions of his personal diaries unwittingly bred suspicions of other misdeeds: political-favor peddling. His campaign to reseal the diaries gave rise to an overwhelming Senate vote to subpoena the writings. Finally, just as Packwood was coming to the conclusion that he would have to resign, he discovered he had flailed...

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