Lead: In 1973 Spiro Agnew he became only the second U.S. Vice-president to resign.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Agnew was very popular with party activists because of his aggressive hits on Nixon's cultural and political enemies. He was frequently mentioned as the President's successor, but he came to grief in the gathering storm of the Watergate scandal. Agnew was the son of a Greek immigrant, elected as Baltimore County Executive and then in 1967 as Governor of Maryland. His service in Annapolis was short but yielded important progressive legislation: a graduated income tax, anti-pollution laws and the first open-housing law in the South, but the Governor was taking bribes under the table. In 1973 it caught up to him and the Nixon Justice Department purged its own Vice-president securing an indictment, a plea of no contest on Federal income tax evasion, and Agnew's resignation.

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