G. Gordon Liddy
|George Gordon Battle Liddy|
|Born|| November 30, 1930 |
New York City
|Died|| March 30, 2021 (aged 90) |
Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Liddy headed the Plumbers unit of outside contractors to fix leaks, which was funded by campaign donations. John Dean, without consulting Nixon, ordered the break in to see if the DNC was in unauthorized possession of leaked or stolen classified government documents at the time. Liddy was arrested along with several others.
When Nixon learned of the break-in and arrests, rather than cleaning house of anyone connected with the Plumbers, Nixon was loyal to subordinates and approved paying the Plumbers legal expenses and supporting their families with campaign donations while in jail. Dean turned states evidence and ratted out the payments, implying that the President was submitting to blackmail. Although some of these practices were legal and common prior to Nixon, the Watergate scandal led to several government reform measures, including FISA, Campaign finance reporting, and FOIA.
In 1968, Liddy lost a close Republican primary to Hamilton Fish, IV, in New York's 28th congressional district. Presumably had he been nominated and elected, he would have been in the House at the time of the Watergate burglary.
After his 1977 release, Liddy became a conservative radio host with his syndicated G. Gordon Liddy Show, starting in 1992 and continuing until 2012. His show was known for espousing various conspiracy theories and its rather demeaning treatment of female staff. Despite his Republican affiliation, he was openly close to attorney Lanny Davis, a close associate of the Democrat Bill Clinton.
Liddy has also acted and written books. He appeared on the 1980s drama shows Airwolf, Miami Vice and MacGyver, and his autobiography Will was a New York Times best seller. He also authored two works of fiction: Out of Control and The Monkey Handlers. Neither novel sold well, leading some wags to refer to the first as "Out of Print". Liddy appeared several times as a guest panelist on Fox News Channel.