Claims to fame: U.S. Senator; pro-choice, pro-ERA, all-around pro-women’s-rights Republican (!); serial groper; sleazebag
Moral apex: Groped and fondled several female staffers — and tried to forcibly French-kiss a lobbyist for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. Ten different women complained initially, in ’92; more stepped forward later.
Twinkie defense: He was drunk.
Consequence: Resigned in 1995 after Senate Ethics Committee decided to expel him.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Packwood:
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
— Proverbs 6:27