Initially I chose not to write anything about the speaker's divorce. Life and relationships are hard enough. Plus, there's not much I can add.
But it's pretty clear that something nutty is going on, and I don't want to seem like I'm ignoring what may turn out to be an important issue now that an ethics complaint has been filed.
Although, from the description of the complaint that I've read, and from my own confusing conversation last month with George Anderson over other ethics complaints he's filed over the years, I have to wonder if this will go anywhere. Especially now that the waters are muddied because The AJC's reporting is being questioned.
The speaker shouldn't have gotten any special treatment. And if he did, he should be punished as the law provides, even though I completely understand why he'd want to keep his divorce private.
Had the file not been sealed, I would hope other reporters would have treated it as I would have. Read it, determined if it contained news, report the news if it did, just put the file down if it didn't.
Perhaps the speaker doesn't trust reporters, or for that matter bloggers, political enemies and just plain folks who might read the file, to use good judgement. And who could blame him. But perhaps he has something to hide. We may never know.
What a few weeks it must have been for the speaker. Politically he's battling on multiple fronts: fighting for what's left (and it ain't much) of his GREAT Tax plan, doling out punishment over the DOT board vote, trying to protect his members from right-to-lifers and a divisive vote in an election year ... the list goes on.
Personally, he lost close friends in an airplane crash. He got divorced.
That's a lot to deal with, regardless of how much he may have brought upon himself.
Here's today's AJC story, which you've probably already seen.
And Shannon's story for the AP.