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November 20, 2013

POLITICS: Politico publishes S.C. native's account of Washington debauchery years ago

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From S.C. eyes comes an account of Washington debauchery , published by Politico Magazine for the first time.

The magazine has published interviews with Pickens native Robert "Bobby" Baker, who went to Washington in the 1940s to work as a page for U.S. Sen. Burnet Maybank, a Charleston Democrat, and rose through the ranks, later becoming the secretary to the Senate Democratic majority and an adviser to Lyndon B. Johnson, according to Politico's Todd Purdum .

Donald Ritchie of the Senate Historical Office conducted the interviews in 2009 and 2010 with Baker, who now lives in Florida, according to Politico. Purdum writes that the account depicts a time when "senators drank all day, indulged in sexual dalliances with secretaries and constituents, accepted thousands of dollars in bribes and still managed to pass the most important legislation of the 20th century."

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