RALEIGH, N.C. – Before being elected to statewide office in North Carolina in 1974, Rufus Edmisten cut his teeth in politics as staff counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, April 11, Edmisten will give a first-hand account of his role in one of the most shocking episodes in American history in his lecture, “Reflecting on the Watergate Hearings.”
The free program, sponsored by the State Capitol Foundation and the Wake County Historical Society, begins at 2:30 p.m. in the old House Chamber of the Capitol.
Edmisten was 31 years old when he served the subpoena to President Richard Nixon at the White House for the Watergate tapes. “There must have been 400 reporters there that day,” he said. “The Capitol police formed a wedge on Pennsylvania Avenue as I left and escorted me down there.”
The hearings, which began in 1973, played a key role in Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
Edmisten, elected as North Carolina’s Attorney General in 1974, served for 10 years prior to a run for governor. He was elected as Secretary of State for two terms, 1989-1996. Today Edmisten practices law at his private firm in Raleigh.
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