The younger brother of former President Jimmy Carter, born March 29, 1937 - died September 25, 1988, promoted Billy Beer, and was a candidate for Mayor of Plains, Georgia. He is the standard by which all presidential siblings should be judged. Billy was a cancer for his brother.
Billy burst onto the national scene as a crazy, heavy-drinking polar opposite to his pious and reserved brother Jimmy.
In 1979, he had to go to rehab in order to attempt to quit drinking, and at the same time, he nearly lost his home to the IRS for failing to pay a six-figure federal income tax bill for 1978.
He also endorsed Billy Beer in an effort to make cash off of his well-known crazy lifestyle. He was also famous for such quips as:
“My mother went into the Peace Corps when she was sixty-eight. My one sister is a motorcycle freak, my other sister is a Holy Roller evangelist and my brother is running for president. I’m the only sane one in the family.”
Billy's antics, however; took a turn for the worse when he went from being a drunk idiot and urinating in public in front of reporters, to becoming a national security hazard.
The exclamation point came when Billy began relations with Libya at a time when there was much tension between the North African nation and the U.S. In 1978, he made a trip to Libya with a group of Georgia businessmen who were interested in expanding trade with the country.
Billy then hosted a Libyan delegation in Atlanta. When questioned about his dealings, Billy responded, “The only thing I can say is there is a hell of a lot more Arabians than there is Jews,” he later apologized, for what was a nightmare for his brother.
The issues got worse in 1980, when Billy registered as an agent of the Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan from the Libyans for helping facilitate oil sales. This transaction led to accusations of influence peddling and a Congressional investigation.