A Minor Watergate Mystery
HAMPTON, Va. (AllPolitics, June 6) -- The buyer is unidentified. The price is undisclosed. So chalk it up as another of Watergate's minor mysteries: who owns the four-pound brass lock that the Watergate burglars picked 25 years ago next week? Last month, Jim Herrald, the Watergate complex's retired superintendent, tried to sell the lock at auction, but wasn't satisfied with the bids. So Herrald opted instead to sell it on the open market. The winning offer came a few days later from a man in Florida who did not want to be identified, said Bill Welch of the Phoebus Auction Gallery. After the June 17, 1972 break-in, a locksmith kept the lock for a few years until Herrald asked for it as a souvenir.
A Scarlet 'A' In Georgia Governor's Race
ATLANTA (AllPolitics, June 6) -- Georgia Republicans are standing by their man, gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers, despite his admission Thursday that he had an adulterous affair. Bowers, the leading candidate in next year's GOP primary, made the disclosure about the decade-long affair, "so that everyone involved, everyone I've hurt, can heal." Bowers did not identify the woman, or say when the affair began or ended. He is still married to his wife of 34 years, Bette Rose, but he said they were separated for several years while he was seeing the other woman. "I regret the pain that I caused," Bowers said. "There is no mistake that I have ever made which has caused more pain to those I love or which I regret more deeply. Further, I have no excuse for my conduct." Bowers' wife said she forgives him, and supporters said Bowers did what he had to do: be honest and truthful. Although there could be political fallout, Bowers made the admission far enough before the election for the controversy to blow over.
Clay Shaw's Papers Will Be Available
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, June 6) -- New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw may be just a bizarre footnote to the John F. Kennedy assassination, but soon, six boxes of his papers will be available to historians, researchers and anyone else interested. Shaw was accused by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison of conspiring with Lee Harvey Oswald to kill Kennedy, but was acquitted after a five-week trial in 1969. The Assassination Records Review Board announced Thursday it has acquired papers left by Shaw, who died in 1974. They were donated by a Shaw friend who wants to remain anonymous, and will be open to all at the National Archives in a few months, the records board said. The papers include Shaw's diary, correspondence, business records, passports and photographs. "The Shaw papers will surely add another dimension to this particular chapter of the assassination story," board Chairman John R. Tunheim, a federal judge in Minnesota, told The Associated Press. The board already has papers from Garrison's office and one of Shaw's attorneys.