What a sad story about Governor James E. McGreevey (D) of New Jersey. Apparently, he was heading off a blackmail threat by coming out and resigning his post.
In his speech, he said, “Yet, at my most reflective, maybe even spiritual level, there were points in my life when I began to question what an acceptable reality really meant for me. Were there realities from which I was running? Which master was I trying to serve?
At a point in every person’s life, one has to look deeply into the mirror of one’s soul and decide one’s unique truth in the world, not as we may want to see it or hope to see it, but as it is.”
Regardless of your orientation, your heart has to go out to him and his family. It’s not hard to imagine what they must be going through.
Sad Day for James McGreevey and Family
BL Ochman | August 12, 2004 | Permanent Link | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
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Hey, I’m a liberal, but the guy shouldn’t get a pass just because we’re for Kerry. Regardless of whether he actually sexually harrassed the guy, he did appoint a completely unqualified person to the position of Homeland Security based on a sexual interest/relationship, which is inexcusable. This isn’t a matter of his personal life. He’s an elected leader. It’s just like Clinton. Sure, it was a lot of hoopla about a blog job, but for God’s sake, you’re the frickin’ president of the most powerful nation in the world: keep it in your pants. I honestly think these people need to be held to a higher standard than the rest of us. I could care less about McGeevey’s sexual orientation; in fact, I think it’s cool that we have an out gay governor. I don’t even care about the whole “living a lie” thing, being married and in the closet and all. But putting your lover/love interest in charge of a really important public job, that’s just not cool.
I was responding on an emotional level, and from that point of view, it’s still a really sad story.
The gay lover sounds like, you should excuse the expression, a real prick, and a crazy person.
However, there seems to be a lot more scandal hanging around the governor, and it seems not to be so excuseable.
Making an unqualified guy the director of Homeland Security is insane in these times, and McGreevey should pay the price for that.
But I surely can’t see why we should hold politicians and other public figures to a higher standard than the rest of us slobs. In Europe, nobody cares who sleeps with whom as long as they keep it relatively quiet. What matters is how the government is running, not who’s screwing whom after work.