July 15, 2010

big_fenwick-556-x-468_aaa31.jpg
(Millicent Fenwick - when quirky meant quirky and not mental)


I doubt very many people remember who Millicent Fenwick was. Aside from various references to the Doonesbury character Lacey Davenport, Fenwick is all but forgotten. She had the dubious distinction of being a Liberal Republican (an extinct species of politician) and an ardent pipe smoker.

In this 1987 interview done by Judy Muller of CBS News for the Radio series Newsmark, Fenwick talks about her time in Congress and the Senate, her defeat in the recent election by Frank Launtenburg and the state of politics.

Millicent Fenwick: “I think this whole business of the cost of campaigns has gotten absolutely out of hand. We are really getting to a position where people are forced either to have enormous private fortunes, which the Supreme Court has said they can spend to any extent that they wish, or get paid.”

“What do we want to say about Congress? Are they going to be full of rich people and people who’ve been paid? Where are the people with families and moderate incomes? How are they going to be able to manage it?

Shortly after the interview Fenwick was diagnosed with Altzheimer's and died in 1993. It is impossible to imagine someone like her on Capitol Hill today and it begs the question of just far wrong its all gone.

Maybe not so quirky, but we could do with some semblance of rigorous honesty, no?
Just asking.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. When registering you will also be presented with the option to tie all your old Disqus comments to your new Insticator account. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.