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CHARLES ROBBINS author THE ACCOMPLICE with IAN WILLIAMS

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CHARLES ROBBINS longed to write professionally from the time his grade-school classmates aspired to play professional baseball, voyage to the moon, or fight fires.

Robbins earned a master’s from Columbia University, covered police & politics for the Omaha World-Herald then served as a political reporter, columnist & editor.

In 1992, he moved to Washington as press secretary for a Pennsylvania congressman. Five months later, the congressman lost his seat – Robbins was not solely responsible – and Robbins landed with Iowa Congressman Fred Grandy, a Harvard honors grad and classical stage actor who was best known as a star of the TV sitcom The Love Boat.

With instructions to “bridge the Gopher gap; to show Iowans there’s a long-pants version of Fred Grandy,” Robbins ran the press shop for Grandy’s gubernatorial campaign. They nearly unseated a three-term incumbent.

He tells stories about Arlen Specter, Tom Daschle, Joe Kline, Lyndon Johnson's speech writer, Grandy & others...

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