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Charles Spittal Robb
Democrat, Virginia (1989 - 2000)
The Honorable Chuck Robb, ramrod straight former Marine, son-in-law of Lyndon B. Johnson, straight arrow, wooden governor of Virginia then Senator for two terms, one day met a beauty queen, Tai Collins.
Tanquil "Tai" Collins, a former Miss Virginia-USA somehow got to know Chuck Robb. She says it was an 18-month affair in 1984-85. No, no, said Robb. All they did was share a bottle of wine at a New York hotel room . . . and a nude massage. But no sex, says Robb.
What better way to explain your side of the story than to pose nude in Playboy and through a photo spread show what you and the Honorable Senator from Virginia were up to.
Robb also ran with a fast crowd. While governor in the 1980s, he spent some 100 nights at Virginia Beach, Virginia, almost always without his wife or his family. Virginia Beach had a reputation for being the place to go for casual sex and cocaine. Friends apparently warned Robb, but Robb went right ahead and partied with some pretty fast people. Several of Robb's Virginia Beach associates later became targets of federal grand jury investigations looking at cocaine use and distribution. In all, about a dozen people in Robb's Virginia Beach social circle were either convicted or accepted immunity from prosecution. "I wouldn't know cocaine if I saw it," Robb said. (Click here for other examples of "Lyin' Through Their Teeth").
Robb also got involved in a nasty fight with L. Douglas Wilder, then the lieutenant governor and later the governor of Virginia. Robb got hold of a tape recording of a Wilder cell phone call. Wilder apparently was gossiping away about Robb's difficulties. Trouble was, taping that cell phone conversation was a federal offense. Three of Robb's top aides plead guilty to illegal wiretapping charges.
Robb managed to win re-election in 1994, beating out Ollie North. And Tai got married, divorced, and wrote episodes for "Baywatch." [See BadBoy Babes].
Sources: John F. Harris, "Charles S. Robb: the Unmaking of a Politician," The Washington Post, June 7, 1992; "The Robb Chronology," The Washington Post, June 7, 1992.