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Its the small things

There is an AP article about how a former govenor of Oregon has admitted to an affair he had with a 14 year old. A vile act if anyone does it, but what I’m writing about is something else.

Lest the article change on me, here it is in its entirety.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former Oregon governor and transportation secretary under President Carter has admitted to a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, when he was mayor of Portland.

Neil Goldschmidt, 63, who served as governor from 1987-1991 and earlier as Carter’s transportation secretary, told The Oregonian about the relationship for a story in Friday editions.

Earlier in the day, citing only heart arrhythmia and blocked arteries that put him at risk of a heart attack, Goldschmidt relinquished his posts from the Oregon Board of Higher Education and a firm that has been trying to acquire Portland General Electric.

Goldschmidt told the newspaper he came forward after learning that a weekly paper was on the verge of reporting the relationship. Before The Oregonian account surfaced, the Willamette Week, which publishes Wednesdays, reported on its Web site that it told the governor a day earlier it was preparing a story about his affair.

According to Oregon laws in 1975, sex with a girl under 16 constituted third-degree rape, but the statute of limitations expired in 1979.

Goldschmidt, who served only one term as governor, said he has lived with “enormous guilt and shame” in the 30 years since the nine-month affair, which started in 1975 when he was 35. He was married at the time.

Goldschmidt said he agreed to a financial settlement with the woman in 1994. He did not identify her.

“How can such behavior be erased when the damage to others and to myself lives on?” he said in a statement to The Oregonian. “I have sat in places of worship each year at Yom Kippur, the day of atonement in my religious tradition (Judaism), reading in silence, searching for personal peace. And I have found that the answer to that question is that it cannot be erased.

“The pain and damage that I have caused have been with me constantly. I have known all along that my private apologies and actions, deep and true though they were, would never be enough. I apologize now, publicly and completely.”

Goldschmidt and his lawyer did not return several phone calls from The Associated Press.

Rumors of extramarital affairs were hinted at during Goldschmidt’s political career, and he decided against a second term as governor after his first marriage ended.

Notice that no where in the article does it mention the political affiliation of the former gov. I have to believe that we’d be reading an ( R ) next to his name if he were a Republican.

To those that claim there is no liberal media; it is the small things like this, how questions get worded, and what questions reporters ask that lead me to believe there is a liberal slant in the media.

Edit: WordPress seems think that when I type (•R•) I want (R), so I added some spaces.


About James

I am a Senior Developer/Consultant for InfoPlanIT, LLC. I previously spent over 7 years as a Product Manager for what eventually became ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity. While there, I helped to create ActiveReports 7, GrapeCity ActiveAnalysis, and Data Dynamics Reports.


2 thoughts on “Its the small things

  1. What a scumbag – anyone that can do that to a child (because at that age, thats what she was) should be locked up for life – if not worse

    Posted by Mr Free Market | June 8, 2004, 12:15 pm
  2. The fact that he was Transportation Sec. under Carter would lead one to think that he is a Democrat. Plus, it is only customary to mark party if they are currently serving as an elected official.

    Posted by Sean Kennedy | September 3, 2004, 1:44 pm

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