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Misbehaving Governors: Character Flaw?

March 12, 2008

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is the latest in a series of serious breaches of conduct. We seem to have a character problem with some our elected officials. Could this problem simply be human nature? What do you say?

Happily, the same problems do not seem to exist with the Lieutenant Governors that replace the Governors. A similar character problem also exists with state attorney generals, which are usually, not surprisingly, attorneys.

Illinois, Republican, 2007, Governor George Ryan, serving sentence
Alabama, Democrat, 2007, Governor Don Siegelman, serving sentence
Nevada, Republican, 2006, Governor Jim Gibbons*, under investigation
Kentucky, Republican, 2006, Governor Ernie Fletcher, charges dropped
Ohio, Republican, 2005, Governor Bob Taft, convicted and fined
Connecticut, Republican, 2004, Governor John Rowland, convicted and served
New Jersey, Democrat, 2004, Governor James McGreevey*, resigned
West Virginia, Democrat, 2003, Governor Bob Wise*, retired
Kentucky, Democrat, 2003, Governor Paul Patton*, reprimanded and fined
Maryland, Democrat, 2001, Governor Parris Glendening*

a “*” indicates an affair of the heart or sex

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