So just how dirty is politics in Liverpool after Herbert says it pushed him out of the Liverpool mayor election?
There is no doubting that politics can be a dirty business.
Celebrity stylist Herbert Howe says it is worse than show business, and today announced his shock decision to pull out of the race to be Liverpool's first elected mayor.
He says he was told 'we are going to find skeletons in your cupboard'.
The 67-year-old insists his life is an 'open book' and that there are no skeletons, instead that this made him realise just how filty politics can get.
The hairdresser said he had come to realise that it was a lions' den and that the knives were out for him.
When I spoke to him earlier, he also mentioned he was worried about the negative effect on his business.
Some people will wonder why Herbert didn't realise that politics can be a nasty game. Certainly he was naive to think that the race for mayor would be different to any other election.
In fact I have been surprised at how clean the race has been, until now.
Lib Dem candidate Richard Kemp reckons Liverpool politics is dirtier than any other city. I am not sure about that, but it is certainly very tribal.
We all had hopes the the mayor election would create some public debate about the future of city. Certainly a bit of controversy and shock will help generate interest.
But it would be better to have the debate about policy. And there would have been the odd publicity stunt like his idea to have a plane fly around the city to promote his campaign.
That Herbert has felt the need to bow out is a shame, as he brought something different to the Liverpool mayor election.