If she can survive the next week and a bit, then it strikes me she can get through anything, and my sense is people (and I don't mean politicians here) will warm to her for doing so. I've seen enough to believe she deserves the chance to be an MP. But what I really wonder is, given what she has gone through, do the Tories of South-West Norfolk deserve her?
She explains in full what happened about the non disclosure of her affair...
“I feel I was open and transparent in the process,” she said. “When I submitted my CV, I made it very clear about the affair. My understanding was that would be part of the CV discussion when the six CVs were selected to go forward.
“When I went to the meeting my understanding was the local officers would know about that. If I had known that they didn't know, I would have rung them up.
“I have been open and transparent at what I thought was the right point in the process. With hindsight I would have taken out a billboard! But hindsight is a wonderful thing.”
In fact ringing people up was also difficult from the outset as the local association advised candidates not to talk to anybody including the media - so much for openness and transparency there. They also opted against the kind of open primary selection process being carried out by Conservatives elsewhere.
Everybody seems to be in a curious lose/lose situation; if she stays the accusation of Notting Hill metropolitan Tory interference remains, if she goes it looks like a return to the nasty party.
I ask her if she is sorry for what has happened. She starts to talk about the affair.
“I do regret it,” she said. “I am sorry about it. I have learned from it and my family want to put it behind us.”
We are sitting in John Lewis in Norwich having a coffee, I wonder if this is really any of my business.
“The issue about my past is that people want to know what I have learned from that,” she explained. “I have spoken to many people about that,” she said. “This is what I said to the executive. It was a mistake, it was something I regretted, and something I learned from.
“I've very much learned from the past. We are coming up to our 10th wedding anniversary. Since this happened we have become a lot stronger.
“I am sorry about the affair it was a mistake. The main person I am sorry to is my husband. We have now made that up and moved on from that.”
I've been struck by the whole row, as I had Googled her name a week before the selection (when I was leaked details, from yes a Conservative).
I also mentioned it to some Conservative activists, who have close links with the constituency.
But the party apparently remained completely in the dark, the jungle drums did not beat, it seems.
And a routine selection question about whether she had any skeletons in her cupboard, was never put.
“I'm not sure the interweb has reached Downham Market,” one local Tory joked to me at the time...
Ms Truss said the other myth was that Central Office had interfered in the selection process to help the former 'A-lister' get selected.
“When the six CVs were selected, mine was one of the CVs put forward by the local association,” she added. “It wasn't put forward by Central Office, I was selected from the 150 applicants, by the executive committee.
“It was the local officers in South-West Norfolk that wanted me to be interviewed. I said at the time, should they select me I will move to the seat. They voted for me on that basis.
“The idea I am some kind of stooge is misplaced.”
So what does she make of it all?
“That's the situation I find myself in,” she said. “We are where we are. But I want to reassure people that I am committed to the job, and I want to do the job.
“I think politics is a difficult business, somebody who goes into politics is opening themselves up to these kinds of issues,” she said.
I hope this article is read by as many people as possible among South West Norfolk Conservatives, and at least gives them pause for thought.