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Commentary Chris Carlson Two Idaho senators for the price of one

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:00 am

In his wonderfully entertaining memoir, "The Wicked Wine of Democracy," Joe Miller tells an incredible story about Bethine Church, the widow of Idaho's four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

Miller was for 40 years a top lobbyist in Washington, D.C., but early in his career he was paid, a then princely sum of $25,000 a year, by the United Steelworkers of America to organize and run campaigns for the U.S. Senate. In his first outing, 1956, one of his winning "horses" was a young, political neophyte, Boise attorney Frank Church.

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