The scandal surrounding Representative John Tierney is unusual. It doesn’t involve influence buying or peddling. It touches on a congressman’s personal life, but there is no sexual misconduct; the pain in the Tierney marriage was generated by his wife, Patrice, through her entanglement with her brothers, who ran an illegal offshore gaming operation. Tierney has not been implicated in legal wrongdoing. But he was close enough to the crimes of his in-laws that constituents should make their own judgments.
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