Friday, August 13, 2004

New Jersey's Guv: Classy, Brave, but Troubling

Yesterday, New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey resigned with the announcement "My truth is that I am a gay American." Then, the married governor admitted to having an affair with another man, and criticized himself for his actions. Reaction has been universally positive, but I'm a bit troubled by it.

For one thing, let's be clear -- McGreevey didn't resign because he's gay. And he didn't resign because he had an affair. He seemingly resigned because he faces a sexual harassment suit from a man he had an affair with, a man who worked for McGreevey at the time as a homeland security advisor. I wish he had said that. I wish he had said he didn't want to put his state through the circus of a sexual harassment trial.

Instead, he gave the implication that being gay and having an affair made him unfit for office. I think McGreevey apologized too much yesterday. Because unless the forthcoming sexual harassment allegations are true, the guy really had nothing to apologize for.


At 9:15 AM , Blogger adriana said...

god, i so agree. it's very troubling.


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