Former undercover operative-turned conservative radio host, G. Gordon Liddy, died on Tuesday at his daughter’s home in Fairfax County, VA at the age of 90, according to The Washington Post.
Liddy was best known as the operative who was caught during the Watergate break-in on behalf of former President Richard M. Nixon.
“A theatrical personality whose event-filled career included more twists and turns than a fictional potboiler, Mr. Liddy was at various times an FBI agent, jailbird, radio talk-show host, best-selling author, candidate for Congress, actor and promoter of gold investments,” the Post’s Michael Dobbs said of the late notorious figure.
While Liddy was seen as driven, ruthless, and fiercely loyal to Nixon, at the end of his government career it was his “ends-justify-the-means” attitude toward politics that ended in his incarceration.
According to the Post’s assessment of Liddy, he was regarded by his superiors as “a little nuts” and possibly too cozy with a high risk v. reward lifestyle:
“I mean, he just isn’t well screwed on, is he?” the former president complained to chief of staff H.R. Haldeman a week after the break-in according to the Post.
For his part though, Liddy made no bones about being at fault for the Nixon/Watergate scandal saying that he was “the captain of the ship when she hit the reef.”
“If someone wants to shoot me, just tell me what corner to stand on, and I will be there,” he reportedly told presidential counsel John Dean.
Those who knew him best have already begun to mourn the late FBI agent who famously said of the Watergate fiasco, “I’d do it again for my president.”