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(Politico)   The Senate sex scandal that almost ended LBJ's career, had the other guy not gotten shot   (politico.com) divider line 13
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2013-11-20 09:12:38 AM  
Politico is branching out from modern petty gossip to historic gossip.
 
2013-11-20 09:38:36 AM  
Wow.
Money, sex, and power: The never-ending story of New Rome on the Potomac.
 
2013-11-20 09:54:35 AM  
"Exactly 50 years ago this fall "

Well, that's...precise. Not say, October 3rd, or even "November" but 50 years ago this FALL.

Drop an l, add an i.
 
2013-11-20 10:07:43 AM  
It's amazing that JFK is hailed the man of the people and LBJ gets no love, when he was the one who pushed through the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and funding to create NPR.
 
2013-11-20 10:37:18 AM  

thornhill: It's amazing that JFK is hailed the man of the people and LBJ gets no love, when he was the one who pushed through the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and funding to create NPR.


Eh, that's probably because LBJ was a real dick's dick. Plus, Vietnam.
 
2013-11-20 10:46:24 AM  
Article seems like a major fail. There are juicier stories about LBJ associates:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKestes.htm

Billie Sol Estes, ne of six children of John and Lillian Estes, was born on a farm near Clyde, Texas, on 10th January, 1925. According to the New York Times: "He was an average student. His family was poor, but Billie Sol showed early promise as a financier. At 13, he received a lamb as a gift, sold its wool for $5, bought another lamb and went into business. At 15, he sold 100 sheep for $3,000. He borrowed $3,500 more from a bank, bought government surplus grain and sold it for a big profit. By 18, he had $38,000."

After marrying in 1946 he moved to the small town of Pecos. As a result of high irrigation costs, local farmers found it difficult to make profits from their cotton crops. Estes started up a company providing irrigation pumps that used cheap natural gas. Farmers had previously used irrigation pumps powered by electricity. Estes also sold anhydrous ammonia as a fertilizer. This was a great success and Estes soon became a wealthy businessman. In 1953 he was named one of America's 10 outstanding young men by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Estes's business encountered problems when the Department of Agriculture began to control the production of cotton. Allotments were issued telling the cotton farmers how much they could and could not plant. In 1958 Estes made contact with Lyndon B. Johnson. Over the next couple of years Estes ran a vast scam getting federal agricultural subsidies. According to Estes he obtained $21 million a year for "growing" and "storing" non-existent crops of cotton.

In 1960 Henry Marshall was asked to investigate the activities of Billie Sol Estes. Marshall discovered that over a two year period, Estes had purchased 3,200 acres of cotton allotments from 116 different farmers. Marshall wrote to his superiors in Washington on 31st August, 1960, that: "The regulations should be strengthened to support our disapproval of every case (of allotment transfers)".

When he heard the news, Billie Sol Estes sent his lawyer, John P. Dennison, to meet Marshall in Robertson County. At the meeting on 17th January, 1961, Marshall told Dennison that Estes was clearly involved in a "scheme or device to buy allotments, and will not be approved, and prosecution will follow if this operation is ever used." Marshall was disturbed that as a result of sending a report of his meeting to Washington, he was offered a new post at headquarters. He assumed that Bille Sol Estes had friends in high places and that they wanted him removed from the field office in Robertson County. Marshall refused what he considered to be a bribe.

A week after the meeting between Marshall and Dennison, A. B. Foster, manager of Billie Sol Enterprises, wrote to Clifton C. Carter, a close aide to Lyndon B. Johnson, telling him about the problems that Marshall was causing the company. Foster wrote that "we would sincerely appreciate your investigating this and seeing if anything can be done." Over the next few months Marshall had meetings with eleven county committees in Texas. He pointed out that Billie Sol Estes scheme to buy cotton allotments were illegal. This information was then communicated to those farmers who had been sold their cotton allotments to Billie Sol Enterprises.

On 3rd June, 1961, Marshall was found dead on his farm by the side of his Chevy Fleetside pickup truck. His rifle lay beside him. He had been shot five times with his own rifle. County Sheriff Howard Stegall decreed that Marshall had committed suicide. No pictures were taken of the crime scene, no blood samples were taken of the stains on the truck (the truck was washed and waxed the following day), and no check for fingerprints were made on the rifle or pickup.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF2ayWcJfxo
 
2013-11-20 11:01:24 AM  
Doris Kearns Goodwin was definitely getting railed by him when she was a white house intern.
 
2013-11-20 12:24:13 PM  
So, how was someone else's sex scandal going to end Johnson's political career?
 
2013-11-20 01:07:43 PM  

Riothamus: thornhill: It's amazing that JFK is hailed the man of the people and LBJ gets no love, when he was the one who pushed through the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and funding to create NPR.

Eh, that's probably because LBJ was a real dick's dick. Plus, Vietnam.


Currently reading "Master of the Senate" so I'm getting a kick out of this thread.

It's pretty clear 3 books in that Robert Caro really doesn't like LBJ that much.

/but anyone who names their doggie Little Beagle Johnson can't be all bad.
 
2013-11-20 01:42:59 PM  
Tax Boy:
Currently reading "Master of the Senate" so I'm getting a kick out of this thread.

It's pretty clear 3 books in that Robert Caro really doesn't like LBJ that much.



There is really nothing to like about the man but you sure have to respect his ability to get things done.
 
2013-11-20 02:21:41 PM  
FTFA:  "...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..."

well 3 out of four ain't bad today I guess
 
2013-11-20 09:30:22 PM  
If you want to read a fascinating story, read "The Irregulars," a story about british spies in washington, including Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming. It is a fine continuation of Dahl's life after "Flying Solo." Johnson plays a large role with his shenanigans.
 
2013-11-20 10:46:53 PM  
Baker's Serv-U Corporation, Dirksen from Illinois, and the Outfit. Curly Humphreys had a lot of friends, and made a lot of deals.
But when Baker finally went down and Curly died, they put their money behind Canteen [which was everywhere in Chicago in the 70s]. The Outfit didn't back losers.

Also tangential - Estes Kefauver vs. Sydney Korshak. GIS it, it's there. And funny as hell.
 
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