Norquist did, though, candidly note that, “there are outliers always willing to give a self-destructive quotation.”
"He [Wisner] was able to talk to Mubarak candidly; he gave his best counsel to Mubarak," said one official.
Rather explains: “I wanted to tell it as honestly and as candidly as I could with—as Lyndon Johnson used to say—the bark off.”
1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.