Bob Packwood and the aide who stood by him during the sex scandal that drove him from office plan a walk down the aisle.

"We will get married before Christmas," Elaine Franklin said Monday. "It's going to be at a very private location."Franklin was Packwood's chief of staff until he gave up his Senate seat in 1995. The 66-year-old Oregon Republican was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward women.

Packwood runs a lobbying business in Washington; Franklin does political consulting.