Floyd Haskell, 82, a former U.S. senator from Colorado...


August 26, 1998

Floyd Haskell, 82, a former U.S. senator from Colorado whose opposition to the Vietnam War propelled him to office in 1972, died yesterday.

He died of pneumonia while vacationing in Maine with his wife, Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio and ABC's "Nightline," said ABC correspondent Cokie Roberts, a family friend.

Mr. Haskell, who switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party because of his opposition to the war, was elected to the Senate in 1972 and served one term before being defeated.

Charles Diggs Jr., 75, who served 26 years in Congress before he was censured by the House in 1980 and resigned after being convicted of operating a kickback scheme, died of a stroke Monday in Detroit.

Mr. Diggs, a Democrat who represented Detroit, was elected to Congress in 1954. He was convicted in 1978 of operating a payroll kickback scheme in his congressional office but was subsequently re-elected. He resigned in 1980.

He founded the Congressional Black Caucus and also ran a funeral home in Maryland.

Pub Date: 8/26/98

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