When the whole Richardson/Cagle thing was going down last year, several people commented that an elected official having an affair was a matter between them and their spouse.
I strongly disagree. Beyond the fact that someone who cheats on their spouse lacks any integrity, there is a more fundamental issue at stake:
Can that elected official be blackmailed by someone with evidence of the affair?
Allow me to paint a hypothetical picture. Say you have a powerful committee chairman who travels out of town a lot. Lets also say this chairman has a kink, perhaps he likes to be tied up by scantly clad women other than his wife.
Now lets say, somehow, an unscrupulous lobbyist got hold of a picture of said chairman tied up in a bed with said scantly clad women other than his wife. What might said lobbyist do with the picture?
If said chairman were open about his kink with his spouse, and if his constituents were also open minded about such things, said picture would hold no power over said chairman. However if said chairman’s spouse didn’t know, or if his constituents were not open minded, well, the lobbyist with that picture could get said chairman to do all sorts of things.
How many pictures like this exist? How many bills have been introduced or passed that had no reason for being?