Yesterday, in the wake of the Elliot Spitzer sex scandal and his subsequent resignation, New York Lieutenant Governor David Patterson (D-NY), addressed the New York Legislature as its Governor. He made a few witty remarks, recited some anecdotes, and reassured the empire state that for the past week was tarnished by scandal, that the empire state will forge ahead and be in stable hands in the wake of the Spitzer scandal.
However much seems to be made about Patterson’s past marital infidelities. Unlike Spitizer’s debacle though this one doesn’t involve the transfer of large sums of money nor does it involve prostitution.
Standing with his wife, Michelle, in the capital’s Red Room, the new Governor said his conscience is clear when it comes to his marriage and infidelities.
But the 53-year old father also admitted that he was involved with numerous women, “several years ago”- including someone who was a public employee.
“I was involved with someone on the state payroll…… An employee I may have inherited,” he told reporters. ” This was known to my wife.”
Patterson insisted he never supervised the women with whom he had an affair, and that the infidelity took place before he was Senate minority leader.
Given that Elliot Spitzer was forced to resign as governor amid charges he hired a call girl, Patterson has conceded that there will be more scrutiny on the private lives of top state officials than in the past.
In Patterson’s case, the new governor and his wife both acknowledged to the news that they carried on intimate relationships with others during a rocky period in their marriage a few years ago.
MY TAKE: “I am shocked… shocked that there is gambling in the Casino.” That is the famous frequently cited line from the 1940s Humphrey Bogart picture Casablanca.
Not only politicians, but other people in the public eye whether they be: athletes, movie stars, musicians, writers, artists, business tycoons, religious officials, televangelists, and even many private people we are acquainted with in our daily lives have had infidelities and character flaws.
Does that make it right? No. It is tragic and immoral. however, does it mean we should immediately chastise these people endlessly, pack our conversations with the sordid, dirty as the dirt wedged beneath your fingernails details of such deeds? No. And does it mean we should shun or downgrade the accomplishments and many virtues of these individuals who had such affairs? By and large I would say no.
All week long the national dialogue that is carried along by the currents of the airwaves and ink, has at least centred an ample amount of attention on Elliot Spitzer’s tawdry character flaws and potential illicit activities.
Spitzer has no doubt shamed the office he held and the people he presided over and served. What he did was illicit, immoral, and legally indefensible. He preached the message of moral temperance, while clandestinely engaging in the very vices he once denounced and used against his political and personal foes. He resigned from office and retreated from the public stage, just as he should have done.
Patterson, has admitted his past flawed endeavors and as of this time he didn’t engage in anything illegal. No blackmail or kickbacks. No financial transactions using campaign funds or tax payer dollars involved. Patterson he even said he wanted to make this public voluntarily.
But really why should we care about the sex lives of public officals, as long as its between two consenting adults? A politican should not be chosen based on the strength of thier marriage, or thier sex lives. We hire them to serve the people, steer the ship of state, and lead the peopple in times of both peril and prosperity.
If anyone thinks that public official needs to be a flawless paragons of good virtue,or that any human being is flawless and immune from personal shortcomings is merely fooling themselves and asking to be disappointed.