Sen. Harry Truman had his wife on his office payroll (2/13, Local, “Papers to offer peek at family of Bess Truman”) but he did admirable public service and was a morally brave and effective national leader during turbulent times. Of course, he could not be considered for any high office today, because Bess was on salary.
American history is full of inspiring leaders who pulled our national bacon out of the fire but who would not be appointed, nominated or elected today because of peccadilloes or perceptions of ethical fault in the course of their careers of achievement.
Our haste to discard nominees for irrelevant trivial matters will give us leadership by the bland, timorous and unimaginative.
Michael W. Symanski