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Patraeus scandal hits close to home

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A week after he resigned, and admitted to having an affair, General David Petraeus will testify in Washington about the deadly September 11th attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. People in the four star general's hometown of Cornwall will be paying close attention to what comes from the hearings, and the scandal. Our Christian Farrell has more.

CORNWALL, N.Y. - When there's a road bearing your name, as is the case in Cornwall, the hometown of David Petraeus, you've obviously been doing something right. Up until last week the former director of the CIA and top military commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, could virtually do no wrong in the eyes of just about everybody, including those in Orange County who know him best.

"One of the best things we ever had in this country is Petraeus," said Nicole Ledoux of Cornwall.

But the former Army four star general has had himself one heck of a week. He resigned from the CIA amidst his stunning acknowledgement of having an extramarital affair. The other woman reportedly being Paula Broadwell, the author of "All In" a book about Petraeus' highly regarded leadership philosophy. Such news in Cornwall, hasn't completely tarnished the image of the man some consider to be their native son.

"I think you know, it's much to do about nothing, or a little something. We had a President who was in a similar situation, and he still remained President," said Maureen Kessler of Cornwall.

Now prior to this scandal, David Petraeus' name had such star power attached to it, that some, not just in Cornwall, but across the country, considered him a legitimate presidential candidate.

"I'd like General Petraeus to be president. I mean after Clinton, what he did in the White House, I mean cut the man some slack," said Ledoux.

Many are hopeful Petraeus will rebound from the scandal. Perhaps fittingly, during a speech two years ago at Cornwall High School's graduation, Petraeus delivered these words:

"Each one of you will face setbacks. I certainly hope they don't come in the form of a bullet. But they will come in one form or another. And regardless of the magnitude of the challenge you face, remember that you can overcome it," said Petraeus.

On Friday, Petraeus will go before congressional committees for testimony on the deadly terror attack in Benghazi Libya. His words once again the people in Cornwall will likely be listening to. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP