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As if it were a final note in a campaign overfilled with personal revelations, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio's daughter has opened up about her past issues with substance abuse. In a YouTube video posted on Christmas Eve, she discussed her struggles with clinical depression and how she coped by drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. Although it's been noted that his 19-year-old daughter Chiara needed space to recover, the timing of the revelation was criticized as an attempt to bury the story. It's common to bury sensitive or damaging stories by releasing them on holidays or Fridays, as Eliot Spitzer also did by announcing his split from his wife the other day. In the end, de Blasio stood in proud defense of his daughter, with the support of the White House.

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