anybody who runs is going to get hammered. the closer to the top, the more the will be a target. in some ways it's unfortunate because it keeps people from wanting to get involved in politics. we all have stuff in our past that we'd rather not have splashed across the front pages.
of all the charges that could be brought against someone, this one bothers me least...for what we know of it now.
i have had to deal with several of these things. in all but one case, there was either money, or an extremely twitchy female involved. "sexual harassment" is an subjective charge. yes, there are guidelines, but when the choice is fighting it in court or paying off the twitchy female, paying off almost always wins out.
should we know about our candidates? of course. how much?? that's not even a question worth asking because we will know what the press decides is important for us to know. that is the unfortunate state of things. if they like someone, we will not know the dirty little secrets they dig up. even if those things come out, they will be pushed to the bottom of the stack and most people are to stupid to do their own digging.
i want to know things that go to character. who they sleep with is not as important as a rape allegation. who they hang out with is not as important as who they do deals with. i don't care what their grades are, but it's nice to know what papers they wrote and what positions they took in those writings. don't care if they got a DUI 20 years ago, but if it was 6 month ago, it's relevant.
a lot of us, myself included, could probably have been charged with sexual harassment a some time. god help us if someone sees dollar signs when we say or do the wrong thing.........