NY’s latest governor David Paterson, who is legally blind and the state’s first African American governor.
Eliot Spitzer’s out; David Paterson is in. And what does New York’s new governor do only a few hours after taking office? Admits that he has had an affair! (Full story.)
It’s OK though because he and his wife were reportedly going through a “rough spot” in their marriage and sought comfort in the arms of others. Fortunately for Paterson, his affair was the old-fashioned kind of unfaithfulness–he slept with the same woman (not his wife) from 1999-2001. Ironically, 1999 is also the year I found out my dad was having an affair–must’ve been a good year for infidelity.
Anyway, Paterson and wife reconciled their marriage through counseling and now everything’s just fine (at least until the next scandal).
I’m am truly glad that the Patersons worked out their marital problems are going strong. But what is it that having “rough times” in a marriage seems to be a “Get Out of Marriage” free card for some? I’m not married, but I know lots of people who are and it seems that every marriage goes through hard times. That’s the nature of any relationships–sometimes you love ’em and sometimes you can’t stand the sight of ’em. Doesn’t standing before an altar and swearing an oath before God mean anything?
The real question is this–if politicians can’t be faithful to an oath of marriage, how can we expect them to uphold the oath of office?