Marriage and politics

Now that the scandal with former Governor Eliot Spitzer has pretty much blown over, I was hoping we would get a break from having to listen to discussions about unfaithful, adulterous politicians and the spouses who put up with them.

Unfortunately, I was only half right. On Monday, David Paterson was sworn into office as the first African American governor in New York, and the stateís first governor to be legally blind as well. With so many interesting facets for the media to pick up on, I was thinking extra-marital affairs would be pretty far down on the list for things to talk about.

I was wrong. Only one day after taking office, news stories centered around the fact that both Paterson and his wife had extra-marital affairs during a rough patch in their marriage. Of course the stories had none of the scandal that went along with the Spitzer story, but after hearing yet another account of unfaithfulness on the part of a politician, Iím starting to wonder if there are any who are faithful. At least Paterson avoided a scandal by discussing his situation early in his career as governor, but why is it that the affairs have become such an everyday occurrence that it seems everyone has something to confess?

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