Boca Raton, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2002) -- Soon-to-be-former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Harvey Pitt told a gathering of investors here that during his 15-month tenure in office he was "subjected to a climate of attack and partisanship."

In a speech delivered to attendees at the annual meeting of the Securities Industry Association, Pitt defended his term as SEC chairman and said he hoped his successor wasn’t subject to the same degree of criticism that he was.

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