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The Bar: Now lower than ever.

Any New York state resident will tell you that this is not their proudest year. Last March, the entire nation was glued to their TV as news of scandal at the highest level of state government began to unfold. The Spitzer “Client 9” tale had all the ingredients of a raunchy motion picture, from adultery and prostitution, to alleged illegal use of state funds. It was so big that people remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about it. Lucky for me I was at Atlanta airport on my way to Arizona – as far away from ground-zero-without-leaving-the-country as possible. Away for a week and back just in time to see Paterson carry the torch and begin the healing process.

Governor Paterson had everything we wanted in a successor. He was in good terms with senators from both parties and didn’t have the enemies-in-high-places problem Spitzer had even before the scandal. He was black and legally blind, both a first for the state’s highest office and soon we were talking about this historic moment rather then the series of historic moments that led up to this one. We were re-assured that “blind” justice was here to replace corruption.

And then poof, it was all gone. Well, it was supposed to be at least. Just hours after delivering a moving Obama-esque speech (which he had to memorize) and asserting his role as governor, news of adultery and scandal again began to surface. He admitted to reporters that both he and his wife had extramarital affairs and that in fact he had several of these including a romantic affair with a Spitzer staffer who was still at her job. The news spread like wild fire and quickly members of the state assembly were asked about how they are going to deal with these revelations. Are they going to impeach for ethical reasons? How about a vote of no confidence (if there is such a thing in our system of government)? How about the masses, will they stand for this?

Well to be brief, the answers were “No, No, and yes.” The response was quite simply “Well, at least he didn’t pay for it” or “nothing illegal here.” So there you have it, the great state of New York is once again leading the way in teaching young kids everywhere that it’s o.k. to cheat on your spouse so long as you don’t pay for it.


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