That’s 100% the truth. No one is an angel. Obama smoked crack, Bush Jr a dui. Neither one of those things from their past had any effects on the way they governed. Don’t get me wrong if the Virginia governor would have dressed like the Klan and then went out terrorizing African Americans then of course that would change the calculus.
And as you said people change and grow up. I remember driving like a complete idiot when I was a teen, we had street racing events and would race going way over a 100mph on the street being extremely wreckless and dangerous.
Twenty years later I look back and think what the hell was I thinking I could have died or worse had killed someone, As you said we grow, our minds change. I started off a liberal over the years I have become conservative , we all change.