As if the state of New York does not have enough problems having a governor resign after being caught with his pants down, literally and figuratively, with a prostitute, the new governor and his wife admit to numerous episodes of adultery.
According to the New York Post http://nypost.com, new governor David Patterson took the initiative and presumptively announced that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Michelle, not once but numerous times. And, if that is not enough, Michelle Patterson admits that she too had an affair, at least once.
But, folks, this gets better.
The Luv Gov, as the Post calls him, started with admitting to an affair with one woman. But it deteriorated from there.
Luv Gov then went on to blame wife Michelle and her infidelity, or multiple ones, as the reason he went on his spree of adultery. And there is the supposed fact that Mrs. Luv Gov was about to file for divorce. Gee, I do not have any idea as to why she would want to leave this winner.
As those infomercials scream, but wait there's more!
At least one or maybe two of the Luv Gov's conquests are on the New York state payroll.
And, here is how much of a cad this Patterson fellow is.
Some of his trysts were in a Days Inn in Manhattan. Now, I have stayed in many a Days Inn, with Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast, and they are nice places and usually allow us to bring our Scout the Wonder Dog, but to have love in the afternoon? In New York City? As the New York Post's columnist Andrea Peyser noted, "Days Inn, David? Was Motel 6 booked?!"
Incredibly, this Luv Gov cad said this in a news conference, of course with wife Michelle at his side,
I betrayed a commitment to my wife several years ago. I do not feel that I betrayed my commitment to the citizenry of New York. I haven't broken any laws. I don't think that I have violated my oath of office.
WOW! Such an arrogant cad!
First of all, it is not just a "commitment" to his wife as the Luv Gov puts it. It is an oath. It is as follows in the Book Of Common Prayer:
In the Name of God, I take you to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
The last sentence has to be highlighted because a vow is also known as an oath.
Thus, the Luv Gov's claim that he simply failed to uphold a commitment with his wife, he really stretches the truth, big time.
It shows that both the Luv Gov and wife Michelle are not very mature people. Do not take the marriage vow very seriously. For if they did, should they have known that their marriage was in trouble? And, rather than hop in the sack with others not each other, should they have not gone into marriage counseling? To a religious mentor? Friends? One would think so.
But it shows how there is a real disconnect with those in power, whether it is politics, entertainment, business and regrettably, the clergy and the rest of us. Most of us would never let our marriages get to this point. Most would try to make even a token attempt to save a marriage.
But, these two feel it is nothing more than a commitment that they just could not keep. Kind of like being late for dinner. You apologize to the host and then enjoy the meal. Or a meeting. Again, you apologize and go on with the meeting. After all, these are just commitments, not much more.
Here is a real clue these people need to really read.
Marriage is the most serious vow that anyone will take in their life. For those of us of faith, we believe it to be the most important vow or oath we can make outside of, for the Christian, baptism. In the Holy Bible, Paul explains that it is the joining together of two different people, man and woman, as one. Jesus Christ must have taken marriage seriously for he did the first miracle of making water into wine.
I think that if politicians would take their marriage vows seriously, they may not be caught up in the power of their office that they think they can do and explain away anything.
No, David Patterson probably did not break the laws of New York state, but he and his wife broke the most important vow. The vow to each other.