Jewish World Review August 16, 2004 / 29 Menachem-Av, 5764

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Heterosexuality as a political ploy | Governor Jim McGreevy of New Jersey held a televised press conference on Thursday to announce that he sleeps with men. Almost everyone I know had the same reaction: thanks governor, but that's far too much information. Love McGreevy or despise him, most of us had been perfectly happy to let his private life remain private.

Unfortunately, McGreevy himself wouldn't comply. Beside him on Thursday, as he confessed to an affair with another man, stood McGreevy's wife and mother. It wasn't the first time he'd used his family as political props. McGreevy married his current wife in the middle of his last gubernatorial campaign. McGreevy was in his mid-40s at the time. He knew he was gay. He'd already been through one failed marriage.

Yet he married her anyway, presumably for the obvious political benefit. The couple and their new baby soon became part of scripted photo-ops designed to present Jim McGreevy as a happy, and decidedly heterosexual family man.

Jim McGreevy's career is over, and after this week his wife and child, no longer politically useful, will likely drop from sight.

But they shouldn't be forgotten. They're the ones McGreevy wronged most egregiously.

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JWR contributor Tucker Carlson is a journalist, college instructor, public speaker and host and managing editor of the PBS show "Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered." His first book is "Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News."(Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) Comment by clicking here.

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