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I swear to God above this is a land speed record for political scandal. One day. Wow.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20.../index.html?hp

Not that it really matters, but I don't think that he should step down.
post #2 of 13
A whole day in office? Wow....just....wow.
post #3 of 13
It just reminds me of when a whole bunch of British MPs came out to say that they'd smoked pot back in collage.

I wouldn't really call it a scandal. I mean he's coming out with it first rather than trying to hide things away. Funny how things are different in different countries.

I mean the French President François Mitterrand had a mistress and paid for her accommodations with taxpayers' money and also an illegimate daughter who then became a minor celebrity there when he publicly acknowledged her. Not that that's how things should be done. Far from it but yeah, Heh..
post #4 of 13
All of the first responses to pop into my head would get me banned from TCS.

All I can say then, is TYPICAL!
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It just reminds me of when a whole bunch of British MPs came out to say that they'd smoked pot back in collage.

I wouldn't really call it a scandal. I mean he's coming out with it first rather than trying to hide things away. Funny how things are different in different countries.

I mean the French President François Mitterrand had a mistress and paid for her accommodations with taxpayers' money and also an illegimate daughter who then became a minor celebrity there when he publicly acknowledged her. Not that that's how things should be done. Far from it but yeah, Heh..
Didn't that French President's mistress and wife both show up at his funeral?
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I personally think that unless he used taxpayer's monies that this is an issue between him and his wife and nobody else's business. Not all marriages are perfect and some need work and I applaud anyone who does that work rather than just run to divorce court. It pains me to hear young people make the statement before getting married that if it doesn't work out they can always get a divorce - if that's the attitude going into marriage, it's likely they WILL end up getting a divorce.

I don't want the public in my marriage or bedroom and these folks should have the same rights. Yes, he's a public figure but folks should be concentrating on what he does for his state and country, not what he does in bed or with whom during a low point in his marriage.
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I personally think that unless he used taxpayer's monies that this is an issue between him and his wife and nobody else's business. Not all marriages are perfect and some need work and I applaud anyone who does that work rather than just run to divorce court. It pains me to hear young people make the statement before getting married that if it doesn't work out they can always get a divorce - if that's the attitude going into marriage, it's likely they WILL end up getting a divorce.

I don't want the public in my marriage or bedroom and these folks should have the same rights. Yes, he's a public figure but folks should be concentrating on what he does for his state and country, not what he does in bed or with whom during a low point in his marriage.
I totally agree with you. However, this may be a bigger mess than people think. The prior governor stepped down because he took part in an illegal act. Infidelity is a crime in New York, and is a Class B misdemeanor.

The Case Law: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/script...4&frame=right2
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I totally agree with you. However, this may be a bigger mess than people think. The prior governor stepped down because he took part in an illegal act. Infidelity is a crime in New York, and is a Class B misdemeanor.
I didn't realize that - I thought the other governor was in trouble because he used a prostitute and had her transported across a state line and that was what was illegal. I didn't realize just cheating on your spouse with another woman (not a prostitute) was a crime. Wow, those NY folks are harsh!
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I didn't realize that - I thought the other governor was in trouble because he used a prostitute and had her transported across a state line and that was what was illegal. I didn't realize just cheating on your spouse with another woman (not a prostitute) was a crime. Wow, those NY folks are harsh!
Yes they are. This also makes me slightly nervous, because these laws really should be taken off the books.
post #10 of 13
Sad to say, but my first thought when I saw the headline was, "Can't ANY of these New York politicians keep it in their pants???"

But I don't think it will affect his career as Governor. It was years ago, he came out with it before the press could sniff it out, and he and his wife worked through it. Regardless of the old Puritan law on the books, I seriously doubt anyone would think of prosecuting him for it.
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Sad to say, but my first thought when I saw the headline was, "Can't ANY of these New York politicians keep it in their pants???"
The only thing I would change with that line is "Can't ANY of these politicians keep it in their pants???" Drop the New York. It happens everywhere.

My first thought was actually the song "Give me dirty laundry" by the Eagles. Ahhhh....the joys of living through an election year!
post #12 of 13
I almost respect him for doing this. It's almost like he is saying "Fine, here is my skeleton.... now can we get on with the business of running this city?"
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I almost respect him for doing this. It's almost like he is saying "Fine, here is my skeleton.... now can we get on with the business of running this city?"


That's what I was thinking...so what if he's upfront about it The true scandel emerges when the media discovers it and then he denies, denies, denies, then admits it.
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