Archive for ‘Lieutenant Governor David Patterson’

March 14, 2008


by MullOverThis


Surely, New York State soon to be ex-governor Eliot Spitzer did not anticipate on January 1, 2007 that his governorship would have been so short-lived. Had the root of Dr. Seuss’s influence sprigged into the consciousness of his adult psyche, Spitzer must have known that he was going to get busted. First of all, the building blocks of how to remain in office when your ticket is anti-corruption is clean up the mess in your own closet, or at least sweep it under the rug. In other words, wait until your term is over to think you can funnel thousands of dollars through different accounts, some of which allegedly may have been government funds, to support a specific order for a 105 pound brunnette. So for Spitzer, that should have at least included omitting the frequent visits to whoremongers, or having the whoremongers travel to meet him (Did I say “whoremonger” in 2008? Pass this one up to a turret’s syndrome like moment while typing).

When this revelation of yet another man cheating on his wife broke, I did not think that we would be singing the oh so familiar Mickey Mouse song to the New York State Governor, “Now it’s time (pause) to say good-bye (pause) to all our family…E-L-I…” We are simply dealing with a governor plus a call girl/escort (in the whoredom industry high class call girls should never be categorized amongst menial street level hookers or prostitutes). Well, when we had a married DC Mayor with a hooker (she wasn’t an exclusive whore, so we can appropriately call her a hooker) plus crack cocaine and enough expletives to make the Supreme Court re-think the protections profanity enjoys in this nation, not only was the Mayor re-habilitated, but was re-elected. So Spitzer’s fairly quick departure from the governor’s office may be the right thing to do, but still remains ironic. We must accept the fact that we don’t like men who publicly cheat on their wives in the governorship position. Mayors tend to fare better. A Former New York Mayor thought for five seconds he had a chance of winning the Republican nomination for US President when he completely disrespected his wife and children by allowing his then “other woman” (who is now his wife) to frequent the family residence in overnight visits. His public shuffling of his girlfriend did not stop him from completing his term in office but stopped his children from campaigning for him during his presidential bid.

I’m not quite sure how to process this moral turpitude in the land of progressive immorality. Some of the same people who denounce a married man soliciting hookers will fight for two gay men or women to have the right to marry and raise children. Maybe we should simply be grateful that enough people still prefer governmental leaders to exemplify family values and be faithful to their spouses. And, if there is infidelity the leaders should spend more than 54 seconds giving a blanket apology to the public and family without specifically apologizing to the spouse. While so many don’t respect Hilary because she didn’t leave Bill, she demonstrated that some political families, as well as everyday homes, survive spousal infidelity.

Maybe Spitzer’s exit from office is attributable to the alleged illegal activities and possible future charges. The question remains whether Spitzer’s activities will cost him his wife and family. I personally hope they do not. What people like Spitzer often forget during those brain freeze moments is that the young hot “thangs” are not worth a career, marriage, family, possible loss of license to practice if convicted of a felony, one of Hilary Clinton’s super-delegates, and the list goes on. The face of the order No. 9 speaks of a volume of women who think they are liberated every time they demean and reduce themselves to some money and bling to satisfy men who completely objectify them. The face of Spitzer’s wife is that of too many women who must juggle between their own self-worth/respect and sustaining a commitment to a life with a man who typically would never put up with the same malfeasance from his cheating wife. To think of enduring years of his unpleasantries to be given a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day and some unknown gets the value of a good high-end pocketbook or a month of private school tuition for a romp, brings other unmentionable thoughts to mind. My heart goes out to the many faces that have to deal with public scrutiny and humiliation because one spouse’s decisions have opened up a tab that just may keep running.

March 13, 2008

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL-Governor-Designate David Patterson

by MullOverThis

Many people talk about Governor-Designate David Patterson’s blindness as if this is an issue of leadership. I believe that in the midst of this crisis, it is clear that the right person was selected for the Lieutenant position and will be a competent 55th New York State Governor.

Well I say, forget his blindness- this is a man with vision! David Patterson has tremendous intellectual capacity and charm that is needed for this position. Quite the opposite of the soon to be ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer whose tactics were likened to a steamroller, one that looked for dirt on other people and showed no mercy or compassion. I don’t even want to mention the degree of offense to former State Comptroller Hevesi who used his driver or staff person to drive his ailing wife home on occasion. Or the State Senator Joe Bruno fiasco where instead of governing Spitzer acted like in investigator back at AG’s office.

I am thrilled to hear of Governor-Designate Patterson’s rise to lead this great state. Yes, I am very pleased that New York finally has an African-American Governor!!! Out of great shame and disappointment, we have a gained a statesman in Governor-Designate David Patterson who has been making contributions to the State of New York for over 20 years. Patterson also has deep family roots in politics. His father Basil Patterson, was the first African American to run for Lt. Governor many years ago and served as Secretary of State in the past. Prior to joining Eliot Spitzer’s team, Governor-Designate David Patterson was the State Senator representing Harlem. His style is one that I believe will manage ethical issues with great consideration. Patterson has certainly supported fair dealings with Minority and Women Owned Businesses that are eligible to get government contracts to the same degree as while males.

I had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago where he gave a talk on corporate governance within a legal context. He is a very insightful and engaging person that can captivate an audience. Yes, he is a political progressive but I believe that his manner is such that he has great support from legislators in this state. As well, I was honored to attend his inauguration last year in Harlem and I was thrilled to be among a packed house at Riverside Church to witness history. There was thunderous applause throughout the course of his address. Even that night, I do recall someone inadvertently calling him “Governor”. Well, there is something to say about “speaking those things into existence…” or weighted “slips of the tongue”. The bottom line is Governor-Designate Patterson is a respected politician and at this point New Yorkers need to look forward and embrace all that comes with this new leadership. Patterson has 33 months left of this term to show that Spitzer’s demise is a new beginning for the State of New York.

Moderator’s Note: This contribution is fromThe Lady who has a career in intergovernmental and legal affairs.