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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke publicly for the first time about his alleged "philandering," and told reporters that no "third party" was involved in his recent separation from his wife.

Over the weekend, the mayor s office issued a statement confirming Gregor and Amy Robertson s separation : "Contrary to false rumours being spread online, it is a mutual decision that we made amicably and together."

Robertson s party, Vision Vancouver, then publicized an email from rival party NPA vice-president Rob Macdonald that accused the mayor of "philandering." There had been no reports of the scandal until that point.

On Tuesday, Robertson defended the decision to share that information: "I think it was important that the public understand the kind of B.S. that was being circulated as a political campaign. When theres no ideas, no candidates coming from the NPA, this is their campaign and thats not fair."

He accused the NPA of spreading rumours online: "Frankly its not fair to my family, to my kids, to my wife. Im going to fight back."

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Gregor Robertson, left, jokes around as he walks with his wife Amy Robertson after voting in a civic election in Vancouver on Nov. 19, 2011.

Gregor Robertson, second left, jokes with his daughter Hanna Robertson, from left, wife Amy Robertson and son Satch Robertson after voting.

Robertson, right, and his wife Amy celebrate after he was re-elected on Nov. 19, 2011.

Robertson is surrounded by his children on stage in 2011.

The Robertsons foster son, Jinagh Navas-Rivas, far left, celebrates with the family after Gregor Robertson was re-elected as Vancouver mayor in 2011.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, centre, kisses his wife Amy Robertson as their son Satch Robertson, left, looks on after he was re-elected on Nov. 19, 2011.

Mayor Gregor Robertson and his wife Amy thank his supporters after he was re-elected as mayor of Vancouver in Vancouver Nov. 19, 2011.

Amy and Gregor Robertson are seen together at a breast cancer awareness fundraiser in 2008.

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However, the mayor is not considering legal action against the party, reported Metro News.

An analysis in the Vancouver Courier asked:

The unwanted attention in the public and on social media has raised a debate on Robertson s character that will be "imminently incendiary" leading up to the fall vote, Simon Fraser University ethicist Mark Wexler told The Vancouver Sun.

However, Robertson said he doesn t think his personal life will affect the election, and he "absolutely" believes the public is satisfied that he has had no inappropriate relationships , reported The Province.

Vision Vancouver s decision to release Macdonald s private email to Robertson is unusual, and led to lots of finger-pointing between political camps.

Were not going to sit by quietly while the NPA or their allies run an underground campaign of gossip and lies," Marcella Munro , Vision Vancouvers communications director, told The Globe And Mail.

But Macdonald emailed media to say, "The NPA is not involved in any personal attacks on Gregor Robertson, nor am I."

Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee said Robertson s office quietly called City Hall reporters a month ago to let them know the mayor had moved into a downtown apartment rental because the couple decided to "go their own ways" after almost 30 years of marriage.
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