March 10th, 2008
06:04 PM ET

Lose the wife when you tell the world you cheated

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer essentially told the world today that he cheated on his wife. And right there over his right shoulder was the wife.

When Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told residents of the city that he did indeed have an affair with his chief of staff, he did so holding hands with his wife in their church.

When New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey told us about his adulterous affair with a man, and that he was gay, his then-wife, Dina, was right there.

Why don't these women tell these idiots to go tell the world themselves?  I know the political consultants always tell the wives to "stand by your man," because it looks better for the public to see a family standing firm.

At least Bill Clinton got this right.  After giving his deposition in the Paula Jones lawsuit, he spoke to the nation, alone, admitting to what was reported.

If a man commits such a sin in darkness, and it comes to light, let him have the burden of telling the world.

– Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor


Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Roland S. Martin
soundoff (One Response)
  1. Gail

    Roland, I'm disappointed that you seem to mock a woman staggering under a huge shock. Anyone who behaves as self-destructively as Eliot Spitzer (or Clinton or all the others) is a person in deep trouble. The people who love them are both hurt and struggling to deal with the grave instability they've just learned about. Spitzer is addicted to reckless sexual behavior. It's easy to condemn, but she obviously understands the complexity.

    March 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm |