What do you do about stuff out there you can’t control?
Have the facts to ensure you are telling the truth and give you confidence in telling your story the way it should be told
Don’t lie – voters understand and even relate, but don’t respond well to trying to cover up of hide information
Decide what you want to say – for certain situations, like recovering from addiction or something involving a family member, it’s ok to say the situation is private and you won’t be discussing it. Sharing incredibly personal situations can also illustrate an issue you care deeply about.
And what about those pesky nudes….or a sex tape?
If they are on your own phone or computer, consider saving to a secure hard drive or deleting. If they are potentially on someone else’s phone or computer, ask for the video back or for them to delete it, but realize they may have made a copy.
What’s the worst case scenario? If you can live with it, prepare a response. That could be “The video is private and I will not be apologizing or commenting on it.”
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