Nation: Midge Quits

Carter loses an outspoken aide "People either like me the way I am, or they don't," Midge Costanza liked to say. In the White House, as the months wore on, it seemed that more and more members of Jimmy Carter's all-male Georgia Mafia did not cotton to the brash, opinionated woman who served as his Assistant for Public Liaison—his emissary to women, ethnics and other demanding constituent groups. "A flake and a clown," some staffers grumbled openly when she made headlines with her impulsive acts—prematurely calling for Bert Lance's resignation, injudiciously using her office to...

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