- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Senate hopeful Larry Pressler has been endorsed by the lead supervisor of the 1970s Abscam investigation that led to the convictions of some members of Congress.

Former FBI agent John Good is praising Pressler’s character and says the candidate is an “honest politician.” Pressler is in a four-way race in South Dakota for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson.

Pressler spent 18 years in the U.S. Senate as a Republican and is now running as an independent.

In the operation, a con man and the FBI worked together to bribe politicians using two agents pretending to be Arab sheik investors. The sting led to 19 convictions, including six U.S. House members and U.S. Sen. Harrison Williams.

Pressler was the lone congressman to turn down a bribe.



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