And he wielded enormous power.
He was Mayor of Camden, New Jersey when being Mayor of Camden really meant something.
He was a powerful state senator.
He hobnobbed with major business leaders, power-brokers, governors, congressman, senators and at times, even presidential aspirants. In fact, he was responsible for the election of a whole slew of government officials from the governor on down.
And all of this came to him at a relatively young age. He loved the power and the notoriety. He delighted in it — maybe too much.
Still, his future looked bright. He seemed almost omnipotent.
Then, one day it all came tumbling down.