Mark Russell

We have had mud-slinging throughout our history. When George Washington hired Betsy Ross, he was accused of having a seamstress.

Rick Santorum's wife is a visible presence on the campaign trail -- as she travels around the country on behalf of stay-at-home moms.

And by the way, what office is Santorum running for -- president of his parish council?

(E-mail Mark Russell at tmseditors@tribune.com, or write to him c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207.)

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