He was a moderate Republican from Massachusetts who took office in 1967; the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate (since reconstruction - Chris L edit). The twice-divorced Walters was a rising star in TV news and co-host of NBC's "Today" show. BothÂ of themÂ knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined his career as well as hers. This was a true 1970's love affair. Read the whole story here, and a hat tip to Glenn Beck, for mentioning it.
It's hard to imagine that there were moderate Black Republicans in the US Senate, four decades ago. That is more interesting than Ms. Walters' affair, in the context of today's political media. What does this story say to you?