Saturday, May 03, 2008

Barbara Walters Affair with Senator Brooks

Barbara Walters has cited a a long affair in the 1970s with then-married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, the first black senator since Reconstruction. She called him “exciting” and “brilliant,” and while she wasn’t in love, she says, “I was certainly infatuated.”

I feel it is self promotion for her book. Why would you even put it your book. I know the rage is these "tell all" books, but what about the damage to this man's family after all these years.

Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate. Both he and Walters knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined his career as well as hers, Walters says.

Her affair with Brooke, which never before came to light, had ended before he lost his bid for a third term in 1978.


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