Sympathy and Public Service

When Jeanine Pirro’s marriage exploded into the papers amid news of a federal probe into her alleged effort to get wiretap her husband, David Paterson reacted by striking a sympathetic note for her as a fellow public servant.

The other day, I asked him if he didn’t have similarly empathetic feelings about Alan Hevesi’s chauffer indiscretion, given Hevesi’s wife’s genuinely serious health problems that may have played into the situation.

Paterson, whose running mate just divorced himself publicly from the Hevesi re-election campaign, made it clear that his sympathy this time has its limits:

“Do you factor it in in a sense of leniency? Yes. But do you hold public officials accountable? That’s what we signed up for.”

You can hear more of Paterson over here.

— Azi Paybarah

Sympathy and Public Service