TRENTON, N.J. Aug. 13, 2004 — Gov. James E. McGreevey, a one-time rising Democratic star and twice-married father, announced his resignation with the startling disclosure that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man that he said threatened to undermine his "ability to govern."
"My truth is that I am a gay American," McGreevey said Thursday at a news conference with his second wife by his side. He described decades of sexual confusion that dogged him through two marriages and ultimately led him to an act he called "wrong, foolish and inexcusable."
It is just too bad that this Governor made the wrong career choice. If he would have been and Episcopalian instead and had a homosexual affair he career options wouldn’t have been limited and he could have become a Bishop instead. Especially with extremely relativistic statements like "my truth" he would have been a natural. He was also politically savvy by putting this in the context of the gay debate instead of the I am being blackmailed with a threat to sue for sexual harassment.
I think ScrappleFace put it best with its parody headline N.J. Governor: "I’m a Gay Adulterous American"
Some people have praised his seeming forthrightness in this statement, just like when he said he disagreed with the Archbishop about Communion but that he would not receive in public. But he is playing politics by not resigning before the November election and he is not allowing the people of New Jersey a choice as to who will be governor. Another contradiction for this pro-choice Catholic.