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The recent political scandal involving married republican senator Larry Craig, who is accused of soliciting homosexual sex in a public bathroom, reminds me of just how unscrupulous politicians can be.

Craig voluntarily pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, but then tried to retract and cried, “I’m not gay, I made a mistake pleading guilty.” It was political suicide, although he had already hung himself. The arresting officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia, is not only very experienced in this kind of solicitation, he has an impeccable record of integrity and many offenders have actually thanked him personally for discreet treatment.

Whether Craig likes it or not, he's guilty and is resigning as Idaho senator. He’s just one of the latest casualties.

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We can find similar problems in our own backyard. Our honorable Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who liked to pitch himself as a great family man and often preached family values, admitted to having an affair with Telemundo TV anchor Mirthala Salinas for over a year in June, along with the fact that he was separating from his wife of 20 years.

Take away the obvious ethical problem for a minute, and think about the fact that Salinas was on a political beat that often covered Villaraigosa (no pun intended). Isn’t that a MAJOR conflict of interest? Isn’t sleeping with your sources about as unethical as a journalist can get? Villaraigosa went on to say the most overused, clichéd and meaningless line that has caught on with disgraced politicians, “I take full responsibility for my actions.” Wow, thanks…What does that even mean when no other action follows?