Current and former governors of New York and New Jersey appear to be vying for their own sexual reality shows this week, releasing details on affairs that have not been seen in politics since the primaries of Sodom and Gomorrah. Ex-Governor New York Eliot Spitzer, Ex-Governor New Jersey Jim McGreevey, and current New York Gov. David Paterson all have articles this morning on various sexual exploits. Paterson, however, may prove the most interesting measure of current American politics and mores. His is the only one without a criminal component and may not prove as politically lethal.
As the country continues to watch the criminal investigation unfold into the Emperor’s Club scandal and Eliot Spitzer’s use of high-priced call girls, the never-ending scandal over ex New Jersey Gov. McGreevey heated up over disclosures made in a deposition in his divorce proceedings with his wife, Dina Matos McGreevey. After his disclosure of being gay, McGreevey resigned and his wife filed for divorce. They are fighting over assets and custody matters.
McGreevey called his former chauffeur Teddy Pedersen who stated in deposition that not only did Dina know of McGreevey’s sexual inclinations (despite her denials) but that she participated in threesome sexual encounters with him and her husband on a weekly basis. She denies the account. For the full story, click here.
The conflict could produce an new dimension of the case since someone is clearly telling a whale of a lie under oath. If Dina is found to be lying, it could result in not just a criminal charge but a serious loss of rights and benefits in the divorce proceeding. If Pederson is lying, he could also be charged.
While these two legal fights are brewing, Paterson revealed that both he and his wife have had affairs during their marriage. Click here. After he was sworn in to replace Spitzer, Paterson gave remarkable details on the affairs of he and his wife during a difficult period in their marriage.
Paterson’s disclosures may test the current views of voters on moral issues like adultery. Spitzer had to resign not because he was unfaithful but because he committed a series of crimes in his use of prostitutes. Technically, McGreevey also committed crimes in liaisons with men in parks and other locations — though such crimes were never charged and are treated as minor criminal matters.
As discussed here, adultery remains a crime in some jurisdictions — though the constitutionality of such laws is greatly in doubt.