I think one of the most difficult things to deal with in the world of politics is the way people will believe rumors as if they are absolute truth.
Twice now I have been convicted of doing something I did not do.
First, a council member blamed me for a negative story about her that was published in a newspaper I used to work for her. She believes that I got the reporter to write it and nothing I say or do can convince her otherwise.
Now a reporter for another paper thinks I am going around trying to get people to write negative stories about her. She thinks I'm trying to convince people from her own paper to write these stories. It's absolutely absurd, but she's so convinced it's true that she's going around town saying that I'm running a smear campaign against her.
This also is not true, but nothing I say or do can convince her otherwise.
Again, it's a lot like high school.
But the weirdest thing is that these two individuals are liberals who would be outraged if a murder were convicted without a fair trial. But in this weird, backstabbing, he said/she said world of politics, it's all perfectly normal.
What can you do?