In about ten minutes, New Jersey Governor James McGreevey will announce his resignation.
This, I'm not surprised about. He's courted controversy for a long time. He's faced accusations of corruption and mob ties.
But the teaser I heard on the radio said he will be stepping down because he's gay, which seems rather odd to me.
I guess we'll know in a few minutes.
has a bit more, but nothing new yet.
I know this is of little interest to most of you. Feel free to move on.
: Ok, according to this story
, there is going to be a lawsuit filed against McGreevey for sexual harrassment of one of his advisors. Which means he's not stepping down because he's gay, he's stepping down because he is in deep doo-doo, as my mother would say.
: About his advisor:
Golan Cipel, a former McGreevey aide, was hired as his homeland security advisor following the Sept. 11th attacks -- but resigned under suspicious circumstances months later.
McGreevey relied on his anti-terrorism credentials to justify hiring Cipel, a 33-year-old Israeli national, as a highly paid adviser.
Cipel, an Israeli citizen, was hired by McGreevey for the $110,000-a-year security post in the governor's office, even though he was ineligible for a federal security clearance. Cipel's appointment as personal homeland security adviser to the governor created a firestorm of criticism, with Republicans a
Geez, I beat CNN by more than half an hour.
And no, I didn't see this coming. I heard many rumors about him, but none that he is gay.
Update the last:
N.J. governor James McGreevey says he resigning as governor of New Jersey, that he is "a gay American" at a press conference in Trenton and that he had engaged in "an affair with an adult male man."
"Given the circumstances surrounding the affair and its likely impact on my family and my ability to govern, I have decided the right course of action is to resign," McGreevey said. "To facilitate a responsible transition, my resignation will be effective on Nov. 15 of this year."
Gov. McGreevey will resign as early in mid-November.
The mid-November timing would allow the Democrats to pick another candidate to run in 2005 primary elections
Word is Nov. 15th.
One more update: It's Karl Rove's fault!
[some parts edited for clarity after posting]