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Published: Monday, February 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

What people do in all areas matters

I am so surprised Aaron Reardon resigned. I was thinking he would have slithered through these latest accusations by throwing everyone close to him under the bus. But I can see he may be just trying to protect his future political career and maybe just keep some of his close relationships intact since he has so few left, including the Democratic Party, based on his resignation date of choice. Boy, he isn't going to give us, his constituents, a say in anything, is he?
Noah Haglund's and Scott North's article last Thursday was so well done and thorough it left little for Reardon to twist to his advantage. Reardon is a terrible, yet ever-living, ever-surviving example of what we truly do not want in politics. What someone does in their free time, in their personal life, outside the office does matter. Even more so when they are an elected official or in a position of trust or protection. Breaking the law, breaking confidences, breaking trust these are actions that define a persons character, shape it, affect the way they make decisions. How they influence others is also a true sign of character.
We cannot lose sight of the fact that moral integrity in these professions is important wether you are on the job or on your free time. I understand none of us is perfect, but come on! Do we want police officers bullying people during their personal time? Do we want people who view child pornography in their personal time working in our schools, teaching our children? Do we want pastors hiring prostitutes leading our churches? Do we want county executives misusing our tax dollars by manipulating the system, harassing their political enemies or those who spoke in truth against him, condoning the activities of his staff? Fortunately, American politics can only take so much of this behavior. Reardon recognizes this and is retreating to the sidelines to clean up his "persecuted self image" until he will rise again! Just you wait. Remember, he wants to be governor.
Thanks you guys, for such amazing coverage of our county government of late! It is comforting to know investigative reporting can still be about integrity and accountability! It's this kind of reporting that helps keep our government running in the right direction.
Lisa D'Andrea
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