He knew Richardson, his fellow Bay Stater, was a man of rectitude who would never, ever betray his trust with Cox.
I recognize it will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude, and resolve.
Maybe it is his own reputation for rectitude, a reputation buttressed by the lack of scandals in his administration.
early 15c., "quality of being straight," from Middle French rectitude (14c.), from Late Latin rectitudinem (nominative rectitudo) "straightness, uprightness," from Latin rectus "straight" (see right (adj.1)). Sense of "upright in conduct or character" is from 1530s.