Democrats: McCarthy's Future

In the months since Eugene McCarthy's campaign for the presidency, Washington has been alive with rumors about the Minnesota Senator's political and personal plans. The two, it was said, were entangled. Last week McCarthy, 53, made explicit an earlier ambiguous announcement by declaring he would not seek re-election to the Senate next year on any ticket in Minnesota. Columnist Drew Pearson primed Washington's gossip-go-round by reporting that McCarthy "has decided to make a complete break with the past and leave not only the Senate but his wife Abigail."

McCarthy ordered his staff to deny that he was seeking a divorce,...

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