According to the AP (http://www.associatedpress.com/) New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, announced his resignation today in the midst of his alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal.
Once deemed the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’, Spitzer seemed to be living with a massive disconnect from his personal life and professional obligations. My January newsletter, “The Ethics Update” ( http://www.frankbucaro.com/ ) featured an article proposing the easiest way to establish credibility is simply to align your actions with your words. Looks like I was two months ahead of the game!
Spitzer is such an obvious example of how this disconnects completely ruins careers, families, and organizations not to mention the loss of public trust and increasing apathy towards the ‘political machine’ he helped to advance.
How does someone explain this blatant hypocrisy? And at this point, does an actual explanation really matter? Whether it’s the stress of one’s job, a power issue, feeling above the law, or living a double life, the point is now moot, isn’t it?
How does a person rationalize that what you prosecute and target, is the same behavior that you embraces in your private life? You can’t…if credibility means anything to you (or your family)!