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Carlson: Idaho’s 3rd Senator

Bethine Church looks at a Picture of her late husband, Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, at her home in Boise, in this 2003 AP file photo. 

In his wonderfully entertaining memoir, Joe Miller tells an incredible story about Bethine Church, the widow of Idaho’s four-term Democratic U.S. Senator 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. What Miller did not know but came to know, was the Senate and Idaho were getting two for the price of one.  Had Miller known that he might not have crossed Bethine the first time he met her/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Have you ever met Bethine Church?


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