The personalities behind the pols

April 6, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Former Governor Rod Blagojevich's personality traits made the headlines during his corruption trial.

Certain personality traits will win you friends and influence. But character flaws can topple even the most charismatic of politicians. Failed marriages, sexuality and suspect finances have killed a number of careers. And certain candidates – for say, President – can expect to have their personal history dissected at the cellular level. But how deep do we dig for gossip when it comes to state and local representatives? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight was joined by a woman who’s made a career of profiling politicians. Author Carol Felsenthal writes The Felsenthal Files blog for Chicago magazine.