My friend and I were discussing the Utah senator who was just arrested for DUI - the one whose wife is high-up in the MADD organization. What surprised me was my friend saying that the senator resigned and the wife will have to too since she has "lost all credibility now".
I don't see that at all unless she's the one who served him a lot of alcohol then sent him out to run an errand saying, "You'll be okay, you're not THAT drunk." As far as I know, nothing like that happened, so do you think that she should resign from her position because of her husband's actions?
That's unfair! But, husbands and wife's talk, and their decisions should be joint, and united. So dunno...
wow that's too bad. after all her hard work too. the only reason she has to resign is because people will go "isn't one of the MADD people married to a drunk driver?", thereby casting aspersions on the whole organization itself, which is unfortunate.
I don't think it's fair to case aspersions unnecessarily...BUT I think some people might wonder how much of a problem he has if he was arrested for DUI, and if he has a serious problem they might say that a woman in such a position might have been expected to be aware of the signs of alcoholism, educate her husband about the dangers, etc. However, this could just be a fluke incident. The whole thing sounds like a disaster...I feel for them both.
Spouses have more chances of ruining the credibility of their opposites. But we should also think that the same spouse can boost their credibility... It all depends on how they are true to their spouses.
The blatant disregard and disrespect the man showed his wife is horrible! And cosette, I think you're right about what people will say, but should that really discount her work? I really don't think so, maybe HE'S why she's involved in the first place!
There is nothing like "disrespect" or "disregard". Why should you expect them at all from the other? If you think you and your husband are equal partners, you can assert your rights. He need not spend any time just to give "respect and regard" to you. It is your privilege to assert your rights.
There's a similar case going on in Ireland right now.
The wife (who's also a politician) had a toy boy - 40 years her junior! Not only did she have an affair, she managed to get him thousands of dollars in government funding to set up his own business.
Obviously, she had to resign. But her husband was forced to step down as well! I don't get it - I mean, the poor guy's just found out he's been cheated on by his wife, and he has to lose his job as well?
Depending on how she responds, it could further her career. Of course, if she really is mad, as in angry all the time, it could be why he was out drinking. Don't know enough of the story to really say.
Overall, I think our spouse highly reflects who we are. Their support or lack of it can make or break a person, in most instances -- especially in a society where a person freely chooses their spouse.
I don't know, if she is high up in MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and she can't even convince her own husband the stupidity behind driving drunk, how could she continue without ridicule? If you can't keep your own house in order you have no business telling others how to keep their house.
My wife(now ex)picked up this little trick from some TV comedian.
Whenever she was angry or annoyed with me she would wait until we were with friends having a good time,then every time I raised my hand to gesture during a conversation with one of them she would flinch.
Not funny even the first time.
Well maybe a little...
OMG... that is just WRONG on soooo many levels...
no I mean it, that's just plain wrong...
If the president of the Pro-Life foundation found out via CNN that his wife had had an abortion... and he didn't divorce her because of it... I think the rest of the board would be justified in questioning his credibility... so I guess my opinion is that YES your spouse can affect your credibility.
....and probably should...
So here's how I fixed it.
Every time she flinched I would say"Just Wait till we get home".
She could never hold her laughter and people realized it was a Joke.
God I miss that women!
...looking up the big words....again....
OH I got it...
I joined DAMM
Drunks Against Mad Mothers, we hope to change the world one drunk at a time!
Actually, Tex, I think you have that wrong. It's actually DAM and it's Mothers Against Dyslexia.
Hence Mit Romney, poor dear, is a victim. I believe his name was meant to be Tim.
RE the other bit:
While we are really only accountable for our own actions, and could cite innumerable examples of spouses not having much control over the other's actions, there is this idea of guilt by association. Hence, if one spouse is corrupt in some way, there is a higher likelihood of the other having something to do with it as well. Rod Blagojevich might be an example. I don't think he or his wife are guiltless, but then I don't think Senator Killpack's wife would be guilty in this case, and I think it's stretching it to believe she could somehow be implicated or complicit with his actions. So I personally don't think she needs to resign. Pundits will have a hey day with this one, however.
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