Adam Giambrone is dropping out of Toronto’s Mayoral race. I admit it, I didn’t see that coming.
Since he first announced his campaign I was convinced that he didn’t have a chance. People in Toronto are just too angry with the TTC and they need someone to blame. Not to mention, men his age, with very little to show in the way of leadership experience, rarely get to be the big dog.
Since the news broke on Monday that Giambrone was having an affair with a young girl, people have been going crazy on the internet defending or attacking him for his transgressions. Some people suggest that politicians private lives shouldn’t affect their public lives — or at the least our perception of their ability to lead.
Here’s why I think they’re wrong.
People cheat. I think it is gross, but I think that lives are complicated and that it is not really my business.
But anyone who works as hard to be a politician as Adam Giambrone knows that their lives are under the microscope. They also know that when they run for a hotly contested position, like mayor of Canada’s largest city, anything bad they have done will come out. It’s common sense. And if you don’t think so, you need only to look at the recently smeared political lives of cads Elliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, or John Edwards.
So while the actual act of having sex with others while publically showing off a trophy partner isn’t, in itself, evidence of one’s inability to govern, it is evidence of one’s stupidity.
If you can’t understand that this is going to be a problem for you, you probably can’t understand other important issues.
The other issue, which hasn’t been confirmed by Giambrone, is that sex in your office at City Hall is a bad idea. It shows an abuse of power, flaunting your stature, and is… well, just bad hygiene for the next guy who gets that couch. It is also a good way to get caught.
I just can’t respect a guy who a) humiliates his partner this way (and because of the afore-mentioned obviousness that this would be revealed, he knew it would), particularly when he flaunts her like a play thing in his dream political life and b)lies about the issue when asked. If he had simply shut up for a few days until he figured out what to say, I could respect that. But his actions were impulsive and poorly thought out. Not a good sign of a leader.
I liked Giambrone’s politics. As a fan of David Miller, I wanted someone who would build on those ideas. I looked forward to the months ahead to see if he could convince me that he had the skills to get the job done.
When it comes down to it, I never thought Giambrone would win. But to see how easily he fell… well, I’m less than sad about the situation.