Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rep. Christopher Lee: What Was He Thinking?

Everything we do is available for all to see if we do it online. No matter what, if you’re using Facebook, Twitter, email, Flikr, or Craigslist, what you do is open to the world.

Rep. Christopher Lee of New York found that out the hard way this week. He’s a father of a little one and a husband. He’s a political figure. He’s an elected official. How is it this man thought that what he was doing wasn’t going to be found out?

Don’t these people in political positions ever pay attention to their constituents who think they can get away with, say, a trip to another country to visit a lover, selling a position, presidents who say things like “I did not have sexual relations…”etc etc etc. Nothing is hidden these days.

And a photo!!


That’s all it took for this man’s life to change forever. The problem here is that it wasn’t just his life that changed. He has affected everyone who is connected to him.

  • His wife
  • His child
  • His parents
  • His in-laws
  • Co-workers
  • Employees
  • Friendships
  • Voters

What was he thinking? Craigslist of all places? Has this guy lived under a rock to know that Craigslist is ripe with crazy people? No, not everyone, there are tons of honest transactions on Craigslist, but if you’re looking to “meet” someone there you have got to know there’s something shady going on. And connecting with someone there? He’s gotta have a screw loose.

Ok, so maybe not a screw loose, but anyone who does something like this is self centered and self seeking. Obviously he had no concern for the innocent people in his life, just the opportunity to do something absolutely horrendous. He was also not thinking about his job. I mean seriously, to do something that has the opportunity to go so public means they could care less about the position they have.

Can you just imagine the people who voted for this guy? They probably saw something good in him, connected with him on some level, and trusted him to elect him into being a Representative. I guess it won’t be their proudest voting choice.

Now what? Where does he go from here? How does he find redemption? How does he fix what one click of his camera has completely undone. How does he rebuild his entire life?

I know it’s possible. There is redemption. I truly pray that his wife will be able to forgive him. I’m not saying forget so don’t go all berserk on me! Forgiving is so that she won’t have to carry that beast around. He can’t make it up to everyone, but he can try to do better. The road ahead of him won’t be easy and it will be long. There are a lot of casualties from his narcissism and I hope he can pick up the pieces.

Regardless of political affiliation, what is your take on political figures who do this kind of stuff?



Fran said...

First and foremost, even if you're a regular joe, the fact that he was trying to "pick up a girl" on craiglist while married is a big no-no in my book.

Add to that the fact that he IS a politician, someone in a position of power and someone that supposed to be a sort of role model and a representative of the people makes this that much worse. Because I'm in college and I have friends going through internships -- people trying so hard to gain connections and start a career -- I just cringe to think that even them are being affected by this reckless choice.

Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

I was completely amazed when I heard about this. I cannot get over how ridiculously stupid he must be if he actually thinks he would get away with that. I truly think there is more, some other reason why he did what he did, knowing very well that he would get busted.

tkharmonic (Terri) said...

I think a big part of the problem with elected officials who get into these situations is they start believing their own propaganda. This false belief that they are on some level "above" that of regular people combined with being surrounded by staff telling them how wonderful they are all of the time seems to make them think they can do whatever they want with no consequences.

One point I want to stress, public figure or not, if you are married with children and you cheat, you are not just cheating on your spouse, you are cheating on your children. I wish so much that people could understand this. Breaking trust has tremendous consequnces, as you mentioned in your list of those affected. Whether the parents stay together or not, it affects the children and how they choose their own spouses (or not) when they grow up.

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