So the breaking news with our Mayor is that he’s having a ‘relationship’ with a reporter. Uh… Okay. Who cares? Does it really matter? Enough already. When a marriage breaks up there are lots of causes, and usually one partner strays as a result of those issues. But rarely does a union dissolve solely becasue of an affair. There’s always more going on and really, so what? Who cares who sleeps with who. It’s kind of a private thing.
It amazes me that people expect our polititcians (and religious leaders and just about anyone in the public eye) to behave any differently than they themselves or the bulk of society does. I read somewhere that a conservative estimate is that 60% of married men have affairs outside their marriages. For women it’s around 40%. Since that’s the case, why do we make it a cause celebre? People have crazy sex drives and men seem to like variety and they always have, always will.
I do feel a great deal of compassion for his wife, who he’s getting a divorce from and for his kids. No one likes this stuff out in the public, and no one likes to be the one who is humiliated. But it seems to happen to all of us at least once or twice, so I guess that’s just life. I, for one, hate the idea that marraiges don’t last forever. I’m as stuck in that fairy tale fantasy as anyone, but I also realize that we live a lot longer and most people go through several partners in a lifetime. So maybe the solution is to give Mayor Villagaroisa a break and concentrate on the actual job he’s doing for Los Angeles, not who he’s doing.