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Fiorello Mancini was a good man, and a bit unusual. He was a politician, and he kept his promises. He was very careful about what he promised, and he liked to be as open as he could. “I kept very few secrets,” he said, “because secrets are heavy and dangerous.” Politics in his town were very difficult and even more difficult if you were open and didn’t keep secrets. “I kept alive in politics because I kept enough friends who needed to help me, and I never kept quiet. Quiet politicians are forgotten.” By doing these things, he kept up with the other politicians who were less honest than he was.