Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rep. Chip Pickering: Personal Conduct Is Relevant

Life teaches difficult lessons. When he spoke to the Washington Times in August 1998 about President Clinton and the Lewinsky affair, United States Representative Chip Pickering (R-MS) must not have thought that his own alleged infidelity would come to light. He told that conservative bellweather:

“I think for the good of the country and the good of his own family it would be better for him to resign. When someone puts himself forward for public office, then his personal conduct does become relevant.”

This was reported by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. But I assume there aren't a plethora of Maddow-watchers here, so I pass it on to you here.


Anonymous said...

It likely is a dearth.

Anonymous said...

Pickering made that comment in 1998 while he was allegedly engaged in the adulterous affair.

Another Pickering quote: "Marriage as an institution between one man and one woman promotes the best interest of the husband and wife, and the best interests of children." That one was from 2006--again, while he was allegedly engaged in the adulterous affair.

from http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/17/thefellowship-pickering-scandal

Christopher said...

Has he changed his position since then? Why is this relevant?

Jim Craig said...

Christopher, that was a slow curve that mistakenly dropped into the strike zone. Do we really want to know about the man's positions?

Jim Craig said...

Anon@7:47: Now that you mention it, I think the allegation is that the affair has been going on seven years. That would mean the 1998 comment was made before the relationship.

Reasonably Prudent Person said...

I believe Chip's conduct is relevant. However, the part of this story that really interest me is the handling of this divorce case in Madison County.