Posted March 18, 2008 – Do governors have a predisposition to freakiness?
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First, there was the revelation from the former aide and lover boy of New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey on Monday that the governor and his wife, Dina Matos-McGreevey, were having threesomes with him back in the days when the McGreeveys were just dating. The former aide, Teddy Pedersen, told The New York Post and New Jersey's Star-Ledger that the ménage á trois was a regular occurrence – a routine "hard-core consensual sex orgy" they referred to as a "Friday Night Special."
The hookups, Pedersen says, continued after the McGreeveys got married in 2000. Matos-McGreevey, the odd girl out, says it never happened and accuses Pedersen of headline-seeking, but her estranged husband admits to the freaky affair, saying, however, that it’s time to turn the chapter on that phase of life.
Thanks to federal eavesdroppers, we then learned over the past week or so that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was getting down and “dirty” with a high-priced hooker over the past several years. He may have spent as much as $80,000 for the services of women who would curl his toes to the tune of $5,000 for a short encounter.
Now, according to news reports all over the Big Apple, New York ’s newest governor, David Paterson, and wife, Michelle, both enjoyed the company of outside-of-the-marriage love partners several years ago during a bumpy stretch in their marriage.
"This was a marriage that appeared to be going sour at one point," Paterson told The Daily News. "But I went to counseling, and we decided we wanted to make it work. Michelle is well aware of what went on." Added Michelle, "Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods. What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out." They both rejected rumors that there’s a love child floating around somewhere.
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On Monday, Paterson became the Empire State 's first Black chief executive and only the third Black governor in U.S. history.
"This transition today is an historic message to the world: That we live by the same values that we profess, and we are a government of laws, not individuals," said Paterson, amid a wave of cheers and applause that helped erase, at least for a brief moment, the odor from the prostitution scandal that sent Gov. Eliot Spitzer packing.
Spitzer, a tough-on-crime politician who was snagged in a federal sting, stepped down as New York ’s 54th governor, paving the way for Lt. Gov. Paterson to step in as the state’s new honcho. And he steps in with a boatload of work ahead of him. In just two weeks, the Legislature must pass the state budget, estimated at about $124 billion budget.
"We move forward. Today is Monday. There is work to be done," said Paterson, who is legally blind. "There was an oath to be taken. There's trust that needs to be restored. There are issues that need to be addressed."
Present at the swearing-in were several notables, including Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and governors from three neighboring states, attended the ceremony.
"It is extraordinarily historic, but it is also a great moment of personal achievement for Gov. Paterson." Clinton said. The only other Black governors have been Democrats L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia (1990-1994) and Deval Patrick, who currently heads Massachusetts.
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