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INVESTIGATING OPPONENTS' SECRETS IS A LONG TRADITION, BUT NOW CANDIDATES ARE INVESTIGATING THEMSELVES

Sometimes in politics, the best offense is a good defense. So when Pete Wilson's ex-wife telephoned the California Governor's office six weeks ago with the news that the long-divorced couple had once employed an undocumented immigrant as a maid -- and neglected to pay her Social Security taxes -- Wilson's chief of staff, Bob White, knew what to do. Before anyone could say "Zoe Baird," he requested John Davies, a San Diego attorney, to look into the matter. Davies, in turn, hired a bilingual tax preparer to check the laws, speak with the housekeeper and Wilson's former wife, and clean up...

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