New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey has done a good job so
far in covering up the real reason for his resignation.
If all there was to this story was that Governor McGreevey
had a homosexual liaison it is exceedingly unlikely that he would feel any
public pressure to leave office.
Let’s face it – If that were all he did he would be
considered a hero of his party and be given a prime speaking spot at the next
Democratic Party convention.
McGreevey’s spin control, which he has been allowed to
get away with up to this point, was to make the announcement that he was
resigning because of the shame his marital infidelity brought upon him.
The fact now fixed in everyone’s mind is that McGreevey’s resignation,
as attested to by former Republican Governor Christie Whitman, was a
“courageous” act by someone truly sorry for his indiscretions.
Not so fast. Contrary
to what McGreevey and the press
would like us to believe, McGreevey is not resigning because he had a gay
affair. He is resigning because he
knows he committed an impeachable offense.
According to several media sources, the person McGreevey was involved
with is Golan Cipel, described by the press as an "Israeli poet."
McGreevey's crime here is that he gave his homosexual lover
a state job so he could keep him close at hand.
And not only did he give him a taxpayer-funded job for which he was
clearly not qualified, he gave him a job as Homeland Security Advisor. (Remember
that next time some Democrat tells you he is going to be tough on terrorism.).
far we have not learned whether McGreevey made this appointment before, after or
during his sexual affair with Cipel – a man with exactly zero experience in
homeland security. But based on the
evidence available now, it would seem unlikely McGreevey would have appointed a
poet to such an important position without ulterior motives.
Either McGreevey was giving his lover a cushy state job or he was giving
in to blackmail by “a
long-time friend and former campaign aide.”
Either way he has demonstrated he is unfit for any public office.
Under the New Jersey Constitution, if McGreevey were to
leave office before November 15, the state would be required to hold a special
election to fill the remainder of his term.
McGreevey’s decision to wait to resign is a cynical political ploy and he should not be rewarded for it. The New Jersey Legislature should begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
CONSTITUTION Article VII Section III
2. The General Assembly shall have the sole power of impeachment by vote of a majority of all the members. All impeachments shall be tried by the Senate, and members, when sitting for that purpose, shall be on oath or affirmation "truly and impartially to try and determine the charge in question according to the evidence". No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members of the Senate. When the Governor is tried, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside and the President of the Senate shall not participate in the trial.
3. Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and to disqualification to hold and enjoy any public office of honor, profit or trust in this State; but the person convicted shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial and punishment according to law.
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