Watergate figure Charles Colson has died at 80

By The Associated Press

LANSDOWNE, Va. — Charles Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical helping inmates, has died. He was 80.

Jim Liske, chief executive of the Lansdowne-based Prison Fellowship Ministries that Colson founded, said Colson died Saturday

Colson, with his trademark horn-rimmed glasses, was known as the “evil genius” of the Nixon administration who once said he’d walk over his grandmother to get the president elected to a second term.

The Washington Post described him in 1972 as “one of the most powerful presidential aides, variously described as a troubleshooter and as a ‘master of dirty tricks.'”