I recently authored a column: "Eliot Spitzer Leaves The Farm For Wall Street " in which I considered yet another individual whose career arc descended into the abyss, and that figure also was embroiled in a sexual relationship outside his marriage. Frankly, it seems as if we're faced with a pandemic of sexual affairs involving politicians -- if memory serves me correct, in recent years we have had allegations of sexual affairs made against
- President Bill Clinton,
- Governor Eliot Spitzer,
- Governor Mark Sanford,
- Governor Jim McGreevey,
- Senator John Ensign,
- Senator David Vitter,
- Representative Mark Foley,
- Representative Vito Fossella,
- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,
- Mayor Gavin Newsome, and
- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- and I'm sure that I've missed a number of other public figures, so, go ahead, fill in the blanks.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude. Sex is often as much about power as anything else and some folks are adrenaline junkies. Nonetheless, if it's just about sex, then why won't any of these folks just come out and say it, from day one, when they're caught? Why is it always necessary to drag the humiliated spouse into the glare of the spotlight? Why is your downfall just another opportunity to stage a media event and to deliver a faux-sincere speech about your failure? I mean, seriously, can't one of these jerks just stand before the cameras and say "I wanted to get laid. I got laid. I enjoyed it. I didn't mean to hurt anyone. I'm sorry that I got caught."
All of which leads me back, albeit via a somewhat tortured path, to Mr. Moffat and his explanation in Fortune about his sexual affair with Ms. Chiesi. Frankly, I don't understand Moffat's explanation, the whole clarity in the business environment thing. Is he serious? Of course it was about sex.
When things sound silly, they usually are. When desperate men seek justification for their stupidity, the explanations that they offer to us rarely ring true. Consider Bill Clinton's now infamous January 26, 1998, statement . . .READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT: