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Nov. 29th, 2011 (UTC)

Any thoughts on scandals that are aired for the purpose of discrediting a political foe? I remember seeing Elliot Spitzer being interviewed in Inside Job. The implication being that Spitzer's affair was, if not initially exposed for his opposition to Wall Street fraud, certainly exploited to remove him from office. Bottom line, Spitzer was cheating on his wife, but he seems to meet a lot of your mitigating circumstances (career was largely based on financial and law and order issues rather than moral ones; tried to protect his family; Copped to it when the evidence was obvious). Yet he was one of the few politicians trying to do something against financial sector fraud before the financial crisis. Does his non-scandal related activities mitigate the scandal?

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