Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Does private behavior matter?

Does private behavior matter for public officials? A "call-girl scandal" related to New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is big news today. Steven Cohen, a professor of public administration at Columbia University, said:

"This isn't Britney Spears we're talking about. This is the governor. The bottom line is, he controls the National Guard and the state police. He could have people come to arrest you and me tomorrow. So his private behavior does become a public issue."

What do you think? Does it matter?

1 comment:

clinch64 said...

Behavior of a public official should indeed matter. Once they are sworn into office, they are automatically elevated to a higher plateau. Unfortunately, so many now do not see it as important.