Question of the day

Should someone in a public job be fired for something they did in their private life?

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6 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Joy says:

    This is so hard for me. While I think some things deserve this, I think we need to be careful of what we start and we’ll have to keep in mind that it’s going to have to be the same for everyone. Are we just talking politicians or are we talking about everyone? It seems everyone, Brett Farve included, who’ve sexted and none of those people got fired. Just look at what some of these people do (Rothlesberger, Vick, so on and so on). If we’re just talking politics, Thomas Jefferson sired a child with a slave. FDR had a mistress his whole married life. John Kennedy (in the words of Aunt Mable) “turned the white house into a brothel” and do I need to say Bill Clinton? None of them lost their job. While, I do have to say Wiener is really a wiener but once you start doing this, it’s got to be fair to all. In my opinion.

  2. SKL says:

    Well, the thing is, he was voted in and his constituents don’t seem to want him there anymore. I think it seriously calls into question just how dedicated he is to the job he was hired for. And whether he continues to have a rapport with his constituency, which is important to the job.

    The temptation to “womanize” is not really unusual for power-motivated men, including many politicians. However, what this man did shows a considerable lack of judgment, immaturity, depravity, etc. How do you trust a guy like that to support laws that require, say, respect for women? How much credibility will he have when debating such issues? And, did he use any government property or his “work hours” to do this? If I did that in a private job, I’d be fired. I’m pretty sure I’d also be fired if I brought embarrassment on my employer by getting caught doing that. Lots of people get fired for posting stuff on Facebook, etc. which did not occur on company time but arguably reflects badly or gives the wrong impression to potential clients of the employer.

    Now let’s be honest – this wouldn’t even be a discussion if the dude were a Republican, because the media would not be coming to his defense, but rather doing the opposite.

  3. Ellen says:

    I agree he should be force to resign. Not sure if there is any news station, who tends to be “liberal”, defense him. I only see him in the media being put as a moron, immature, way too crazy about himself. He is being an idiot and the way he lied about this in the beginning, playing the victim, makes me think he should go. This man is not capable and worthy to represent a district.

  4. Laura says:

    I’ve been out of the loop the last couple of weeks, so I don’t know much about the whole Weiner situation (seriously, how did he ever get elected with a name like that??), but in general, I think something like this should be taken on a case-by-case basis.

    Joy mentioned Clinton, and I think he’s a good example. I remember, during the whole Lewinsky Scandal, that the press kept saying that it was a “private matter” and “between him and Hillary” and “what happens in his private life is none of our business”. Ok, fine, I’m willing to go with that. If the guy wants to cheat on his wife, or if they have an ‘open marriage’ or whatever, I don’t care. But I DO care if he’s carrying on in the White House. I DO care if he is (as was alleged) on the phone with CongressCritters, discussing policy, while she’s playing Hide the Sausage. That’s crossing a very serious line.

    Contrasting that with Jefferson… while it is possible, I highly doubt that the slave he was dallying with was taking his State Secrets and selling them to the enemy. It doesn’t make it right, by any stretch, but it does confine that behavior to his private life, and only his private life.

    It’s a very, very fine line, but one that we have to walk. We cannot expect the people that we elect to be as pure as the driven snow. When you find someone with no faults, you’ve found a serious liar. But I also think that, when the indiscretions of a private life spill over into your work life, that’s when you get fired.

  5. Jason says:

    I think that they should name this scandal Weinergate, which if he would have kept said gate shut would not be in this mess. Also SKL I noticed that you called the power-seeking men out on this issue. I did however hear on NPR of a study that was done with equal numbers of high-ranking men and women and the results showed that women of power were just as likely to participate in inappropriate activities as their male counterparts.

    • SKL says:

      I can think of some power-seeking or power-frustrated women who acted very inappropriately as well, but the ones I’ve observed were more likely to mistreat people vs. play the field sexually – though I can distinctly recall two women off the bat who were (a) power-hungry, obnoxious managers and (b) sleeping with their boss (who was also on a power trip). Not sure exactly how the two were related, though.

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