Press File

"In Politics, Scamps, Saboteurs and the Occasional Criminal"
New York Times
By Marl Leibovich
January 30, 2010

“ 'The New Orleans guys give us a bad name,' said Dick Tuck, the retired Democratic consultant who is widely regarded as the 20th-century avatar of campaign tomfoolery."

 

"For Subjects of Tapes, the Voice of History"
By Karl Vick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 17, 1997; Page A01

"Tuck was a prankster. His practical jokes were so widely admired that, when the investigation into the Watergate break-in uncovered the 'dirty tricks' squad of Donald Segretti's, Tuck was trotted out as the excuse. Nixon aide H.R. Haldeman led a parade of White House aides who publicly tried to explain away Segretti's sabotage as 'an attempt to get a Dick Tuck capability.'"

 

"Political Trickster Returns to Valley"
by Troy Hooper, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Tuck, a longtime and frequent Aspen visitor, recalled intercepting excerpts from the Nixon tapes in the 1970s — supposedly from a British intelligence officer — of which even the White House was unaware. Some edited transcripts had already been released, but Tuck helped introduce the world to Nixon’s profane rants and snarling political threats."

 

"Campaign Journal: Merry Prankster Tuck Is Back"
Keith Love 
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 1990

"The merry prankster of politics is standing barefoot on the balcony of his Malibu condominium, looking out at the waves crashing below.

Dick Tuck is back.

For those who think California politics is a dull business these days, that's good news."

 

"The Nation: The Man Who Bugged Nixon"
Time magazine
August 13, 1973

"It may be that Dick Tuck has angered Richard Nixon as much as any other man alive. As relentlessly as Inspector Javert trailed Jean Valjean, as doggedly as Caliban followed Prospero, as surely as a snowball seeks a top hat, Prankster Tuck stalked his quarry from one campaign to the next. 'Keep that man away from me,' Nixon ordered his staff, who were seldom able to oblige. Ultimately, Nixon paid his adversary the highest compliment: in the 1972 campaign, the White House decided to employ a Dick Tuck of its own. As H.R. Haldeman testified last week, Donald Segretti was hired to adopt Tuck's techniques and use them against the Democrats."


"Tricky Dick"
The New Yorker
by Tom Miller
August 30, 2004

"A political prank, according to a mock dictionary entry on Dick Tuck’s business card, is 'a political activity, characterized by humor, devised to unmask, ventilate, bring to light, debunk, hold up to view, etc., the comical, ludicrous, or ridiculous, etc., incongruities, follies, abuses, and stupidities, etc., esp. of a candidate for office.' "

'Watergate Tapes on TV'; Tuck's Link Causes Questions"
Associated Press
October 22, 1980

"Dick Tuck played an hour of the tapes at a news conference yesterday and segments of those tapes were replayed by the three major commercial networks on their evening news program."

 

"A Campaign of Excesses"
Nick Thimmesch
November 2, 1972

"For years, the Democrats employed in imaginative, likable fellow, Dick Tuck, to make life miserable for Mr. Nixon and other Republican aspirants. Tuck used in postures, spies and bogus signs in his mischief which he always gleefully revealed as mischief. Even Republicans laughed."

"But Mr. Nixon's operatives made this part of the game serious. Instead of a pillow fight, it became a sapping operation. They don't play like Dick Tuck."

 

"Political Prankster Welcomed by President"
By Richard E. Meyer, The Associated Press
May 16, 1976

"Dick Tuck, master political prankster who rigged Richard Nixon's fortune cookies and slipped a comely spy onto Barry Goldwater's campaign train, rode President Ford's whistle-stop Express Saturday as it rolled across Michigan."

 

"Subpoena Dick Tuck in the Watergate Caper Probe"
By William F. Buckley Jr.
December 13, 1972

"You see, Dick Tuck has been an employee of Democrats for many years, and his running assignment is to embarrass Republicans by any means. He specializes in glorious improvisations , which are no doubt more damaging to Republicans than any conversation the Watergaters might have tapped from the telephone of Lawrence O'Brien . . ."

 

"Did Staff Misread Nixon on Sabotage?"
The Merry-Go-Round, Syndicated Column
By Jack Andersen

" 'One source recalls the president referred at political strategy sessions to  "a Dick Tuck operation.'  Tuck was an irrepressible Democratic operative who used to play political pranks on Nixon." "This was the sort of sabotage, say White House sources, that the president had in mind. But to the humorless men around Nixon, Dick Tuck became Niccolò Machiavelli."

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