By John F Clark,Cookie Miller VanSice
When congressional aide John F. Clark met his destiny boss, South Carolina Congressman John Jenrette, in 1975, he used to be awestruck. Jenrette every little thing Clark was once trying to find in a pace-setter. With excessive aura and uncanny political instincts, Jenrette appeared poised to guide a brand new South and spoil the typical stereotype of white southerners as narrow-minded racists. He was once perceived via many, together with condominium Speaker Tip O'Neill, as destined for greatness.
Jenrette used to be certainly everything Clark was hoping him to be. He recommended for African american citizens in an period whilst his political opponent insultingly despatched a truckload of watermelons to a sought after black leader’s domestic. Jenrette grew to become an enlightened champion of civil rights for either racial minorities and ladies. He led a rebel to reform the home of Representatives seniority process, and he turned the 1st freshman congressman in heritage to be chosen to serve at the condo Majority management workforce. He labored tirelessly on behalf of farmers, blue collar employees, and the aged. He endorsed for public schooling and for monetary improvement, and was once the founding Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on go back and forth and Tourism.
Jenrette could have been a political luck tale, yet his own failings have been too significant and too politically precarious to conceal. Capitol Steps and Missteps gives you a front-row seat to Jenrette’s eventual fall from strength and the political scandal that set all of it into movement. Jenrette was once entrapped via the FBI within the Abscam sting operation and misplaced his congressional seat. spouse Rita fueled flames via posing nude in Playboy, revealing a sexual tryst at the Capitol steps, and ridiculing South Carolinians and Washingtonians. The couple's cut up performed out as a public cleaning soap opera. Jenrette’s occupation appeared ruined, yet he nonetheless had an opportunity for redemption…
John F. Clark served as a best aide to Jenrette in the course of the congressman's six years in workplace. With assistance from Cookie Miller VanSice, Jenrette's confidante for over forty years, he provides an insightful photo of a classy guy and the political and cultural enviornment during which he operated. the tale is immensely exciting, usually funny, and, whilst, deals astute description and research of a major slice of southern political history.
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Capitol Steps and Missteps: The Wild, Improbable Ride of Congressman John Jenrette by John F Clark,Cookie Miller VanSice