Gary Hart

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Gary Hart (born 1936) (born Gary Warren Hartpence) was the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, when Walter Mondale beat him by gaining endorsements from the key labor unions, and again in 1988 when he self-destructed. Previously he served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Colorado (1975–1987). He handily defeated the two-term Republican Senator Peter Dominick



Gary Hart became a casualty of his own misbehavior in 1987, when he was the presumptive front-runner for the upcoming Democratic presidential nomination. Although Hart had sworn to his staff that he had given up womanizing, rumors still abounded. The Miami Herald, staked out his townhouse and reported that it witnessed an attractive woman enter his townhouse one evening without leaving.[2][3] This caused as much criticism of the Miami Herald as of Gary Hart.[4] His career collapsed when photos of Hart with Donna Rice on a yacht were published by the National Enquirer, and even Hart's wife refused to support him.

Michael Dukakis, eventually won the nomination but lost in the general election to George H.W. Bush.


  1. Hart, Gary Warren. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. name="dickenson" McGee, Jim, Tom Fielder, James Savage. "THE GARY HART STORY: HOW IT HAPPENED", The Miami Herald, 1987-05-10. 
  3. James, Dickenson, Paul Taylor. "Newspaper Stakeout Infuriates Hart", The Washington Post, 1987-05-04. 
  4. "Newspaper Stakeout Infuriates Hart", The Washington Post, 1987-05-04.