Maybe it is his own reputation for rectitude, a reputation buttressed by the lack of scandals in his administration.
He knew Richardson, his fellow Bay Stater, was a man of rectitude who would never, ever betray his trust with Cox.
Hopefully, their rectitude will persist into 2012 and 2013, when deficit reduction will be of growing importance.
I recognize it will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude, and resolve.
The subject proposed for discussion is, the rectitude or inherent propriety of names.
The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report.
Doubtless he spoke like this in order that his rectitude might not be called in question.
Never do a thing concerning the rectitude of which you are in doubt.
Without this there can be no detection of the real difference, and no assurance of the rectitude of the discrimination we make.
Happily, it is not necessary they should try to, since you have returned to the path of rectitude.
early 15c., "quality of being straight," from Middle French rectitude (14c.), from Late Latin rectitudinem (nominative rectitudo) "straightness, uprightness," from Latin rectus "straight" (see right (adj.1)). Sense of "upright in conduct or character" is from 1530s.