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Ex-politicians reflect on falls from grace

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two former Missouri political leaders are teaming up to share the lessons of their high-profile falls from grace.

Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and ex-state senator Jeff Smith each wrote a chapter in a new book called “The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis.” They appeared at a University City pizzeria in a recent promotional appearance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/15UonUO ) reports that the one-time political adversaries are now contrite about their mistakes.

Smith is a Democrat who served nearly a year in prison for lying to federal investigators after an unsuccessful 2004 campaign for Congress.

Jetton, a Republican, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received probation following a 2009 consensual sexual encounter in which a woman claimed he choked her into unconsciousness.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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