Raw details fill diaries

September 08, 1995|By Knight-Ridder News Service

WASHINGTON -- The strange and sizzling private life of Sen. Bob Packwood was laid bare yesterday -- on page after page of his tell-all diaries.

In the diaries -- just one part in 10,145 pages of investigative documents released yesterday by the Senate Ethics Committee -- Mr. Packwood is often rambling in his thoughts. All told, the dairies reveal a political man, showing himself raw, no packaging, no softening of unpleasant edges.

The 62-year-old senator's words often give the impression of a giddy teen-ager, talking about getting "smashed" on wine, and saying of a new employee, in 1991: "I kind of like her; in fact she rides horses."

During most of this time he was married. He mentions drinking wine constantly. He quotes a string of aides, but many names are deleted.

Mr. Packwood's descriptions of his sex life on Capitol Hill read like a trashy novel.

In 1989, he describes a staff party in his office, where he becomes enamored of a woman whom he decides "is a sexy thing. Bright eyes and hair and that ability to shift her hips."

After people leave the senator's private office and he and the young woman dance, beside his "gigantic desk," with "a romantic song of some kind" playing, "but I knew and she knew what we were both thinking."

The young woman "and I made love, and she has the most stunning figure . . ."

As he and the staffer lay nude on the carpet, he offers this scene:

"You have no idea the hold you have over people," the woman tells him.

"What is it?" he asks.

"Well, I think it's your hair -- the way [another woman] combs it."

They both laugh, according to his diary, and the staffer concludes:

"There's simply an attraction. I don't know what the other word is."

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In June of 1991, he describes one female aide as: "a bright light. She's bold, she's imaginative, she's sassy." After she compliments him in a note, he says she "is good for my ego, but it's more than ego. A better word is confidence. She makes me believe."

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The senator found his confidence in other places as well. In March 1992, Mr. Packwood thrills about his thinning gray hair, which he had just blown dry. He writes:

"I didn't use any jell on it at all. I just blew it until it was about dry, combed it, and if it didn't come out looking just right. It had just the right amount of bounce to it, and wave to it. I came back rather confident. I now think we can beat [a political opponent]."

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In another insight, he praises a staffer for handling "all the things I don't like. All the social welfare stuff, the education, the handicapped, the blind, all those things I have so little patience for and all those programs that I think probably are a waste of money."

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