View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Maybe it's all those New Yorkers living there...

Governor Mark Sanford, perhaps following the lead of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, admitted Wednesday that he's been having an affair with a woman he visited on a secret trip to Argentina.

He said he'll resign as head of the Republican Governors Association. He has not said if he will resign as governor - as Spitzer did after his fondness for hookers was revealed.

Lots of New Yorkers have moved to South Carolina. Maybe they brought their moral values with them.

Or could it be transplanted Real Housewives of New Jersey?

Sanford was a darling among some social conservatives, that there was talk of him running for President in 2012.

Forget that now. It's taken a decade for the moralists of the right to even begin to overlook Newt Gingrich's adultery.

Sanford, who is 49 and the father of four, has apparently been carrying on the affair for about a year.

The affair was uncovered after he disappeared last week - and even missed Father's Day with his children. Originally, aides said he'd gone on a hike of the Appalachian Trail, but then it was discovered he had gone to Argentina.

I bring him up not to celebrate his fall. It's a sad thing, and terrible for his family.

But he had been talked of as a potential rival - or running mate - for Governor Huckabee in 2012.

Senator John Ensign of Nevada, another potential 2012 GOP hopeful, admitted an affair last week and has resigned from the GOP leadership.

Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal laid an egg when he delivered the GOP response to Obama earlier this year, and Governor Sarah Palin has been fighting ongoing battles with the media - including the idiotic David Letterman - the father of her grandchild, and enemies pushing ethics charges that may not be credible but with which she has to deal.

Huckabee meanwhile is topping the GOP polls (with Mitt Romney close behind), and Obama is slipping in the national polls.

I'm looking forward to 2012 for a different reason than some of my fellow Rochester Catholics!


Anonymous Richard, off the Appalachan Trail said...

New Yorkers cry for Argentina?

2:44 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Well, they did on Broadway for years!

1:37 PM  

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