Privacy and public officials

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Former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton
Former U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton recently disclosed past battles with depression and alcohol abuse.
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Candidates for governor recently were asked by the Minneapolis Star Tribune about their mental health histories, after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton disclosed his past struggle with depression and alchohol abuse. Political figures also have spent a lot of time in the past year coming forward with revelations of sexual affairs. Should the public know everything about politicians, whether it wants to or not?

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