Journey of a Small Town Boy

As Hart's fortunes rise, so does scrutiny of his past

Most Americans are free to start over. They can leave home, shed old personas, lose their pasts, become the people they want to be. Rarely must they justify or explain. Presidential candidates are not so fortunate. Their lives are retraced in unforgiving detail by opponents and reporters. For Gary Hart, the scrutiny is becoming particularly intense. Says Frank Mankiewicz, who with Hart managed the 1972 George McGovern campaign: "There are more investigative reporters looking into Gary Hart's background than Watergate."

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