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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
There isn't anything rotten in Denmark, but there sure is in Washington! (Personified by Jim Wright.) Tearfully hiding behind "Caesar's wife beyond reproach" act and under Washington's picture! Pass the envelope please! What a ham. Resign, sir! Go back to Texas and "wright" another book: "Reflections of a Has-Been." GERRY W. WILLIAMS Santa Monica
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1996
Newt Gingrich has admitted that he violated tax and campaign laws and that in his name and over his signature inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the House Ethics Committee (Dec. 22). In other words, he broke the law, engaged in a cover-up and got caught. For over a year he has been loudly protesting his innocence and criticizing anyone who would dare doubt his veracity. This whole time, either he knew he was lying or he never bothered to find out the truth.
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August 14, 1989
Former House Speaker Jim Wright, forced to resign his post earlier this year over ethics charges, said he would endorse the Democratic candidate in a special election for his vacant seat. Wright said he would back Pete Geren, who came in second in Saturday's special election to Republican Bob Lanier. The two candidates will face a run-off election, probably Sept. 9, to fill the 12th District seat representing the Ft. Worth area.
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December 22, 1996 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the people touched by House Speaker Newt Gingrich's admissions of ethical wrongdoing, perhaps none has a better claim on finger-pointing than former House Speaker Jim Wright. The Texas Democrat was forced to resign his position in 1989 over allegations involving a book deal and acceptance of improper gifts from a business partner. And the man most directly responsible for the investigation that brought Wright down was a then-obscure Georgia Republican named Newt Gingrich.
NEWS
August 14, 1989
Former House Speaker Jim Wright, forced to resign his post earlier this year over ethics charges, said he would endorse the Democratic candidate in a special election for his vacant seat. Wright said he would back Pete Geren, who came in second in Saturday's special election to Republican Bob Lanier. The two candidates will face a run-off election, probably Sept. 9, to fill the 12th District seat representing the Ft. Worth area.
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June 29, 1989 | From Times wire services
Former House Speaker Jim Wright left Capitol Hill for the last time as a congressman today, his 34-year career brought to an end by charges that he violated House ethics rules. Wright (D-Tex.) stepped down as Speaker June 6 and resigned from the House effective at the end of Friday, but he left the Capitol this noon while the House was debating a foreign aid bill. He and his wife, Betty, flew by private jet to Ft. Worth, where his supporters prepared a welcome home party and parade.
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June 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
Former House Speaker Jim Wright said today he has not encouraged suggestions that he run for his House seat in a special election, but did not flatly rule out such a possibility. In a statement released by his office in Ft. Worth, Wright said he was "touched by the warm and gracious spirit" of the suggestion from some of his Texas supporters. "I have not encouraged it. The only way that I could even consider it at all would be if it were an absolutely genuine draft of a bipartisan nature.
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June 5, 1989 | From United Press International
In a Baptist church just blocks from one of the poorest sections of Miami, the rich and powerful gathered Sunday to eulogize Rep. Claude Pepper, a champion of the poor and elderly who died as the nation's oldest congressman. Four charter buses full of lawmakers gathered inside the Central Baptist Church near Overtown to give praise to the Florida Democrat, who died Tuesday of a heart attack caused by complications from stomach cancer. He was 88. "I appreciate the dignity Claude Pepper brought to old age," said the Rev. Steven Kimmel, pastor of the church where Pepper had been a member for decades.
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June 2, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), emotionally exhausted after months of fighting House ethics charges, said Thursday that he feels "liberated" by his decision to resign his House seat and acknowledged that his haste to "make my mark upon the future" may have contributed to his troubles. Wright told reporters that he decided to quit when he realized that he would not win his sole objective of total exoneration without an "all-out harsh and bitter fight on the House floor." Although Wright said that he has a "great sense of relief" that the battle is over, participants in a two-hour interview said that at one point he appeared to be on the brink of tears.
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June 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
Here are excerpts of House Speaker Jim Wright's statement Wednesday: For 34 years I have had the great privilege to be a member of this institution, the people's House, and I shall forever be grateful for that wondrous privilege. . . . And I love this institution. And I want to assure each of you that under no circumstances, having spent more than half of my life here, this House being my home, would I ever knowingly or intentionally do or say anything to violate its rules or detract from its standards.
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