For those of you that need a refresher course. Rule # 2 is “All Mics are On.” I first wrote about Rule #2 in 2006, when I mentioned that the “gaffe” in question was intentional a’ la “The West Wing.” I then wrote about it again during the election when Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy were having a chat while micced up. Oh, and don’t forget the gem from Jesse Jackson.
Of course, I am talking now about California Assemblyman Mike Duvall and his chat with a colleague about certain activities enjoyed with a lady. And yes, the video is attached to the link above, don’t worry.
This may also lead to a new rule. Rule #8 – Don’t make a statement that treats people like they are stupid. Duvall posted a statement about his resignation on his campaign site, which reads:
Statement from Assemblyman Mike Duvall
regarding his resignation from office today:
September 9, 2009
“I am deeply saddened that my inappropriate comments have become a major distraction for my colleagues in the Assembly, who are working hard on the very serious problems facing our state. I have come to the conclusion that it would not be fair to my family, my constituents or to my friends on both sides of the aisle to remain in office. Therefore, I have decided to resign my office, effective immediately, so that the Assembly can get back to work.”
The comments aren’t the issue. People don’t care that you made comments, OK, maybe they do a little, they care that you were apparently doing the cloakroom shuffle with a lobbyist while positioning yourself as a paragon on family values. The “distraction” referenced isn’t to his colleagues, who don’t vote for him. It’s to his constituents, who did. Don’t blame it on your colleagues.
“I apologize to the people in District 72 who put their faith in me. My actions have let you down and I am sorry for not respecting the trust you put in me to represent you and your values.”
PS – For those of you who are curious, Rule #1 is that nothing is truly “off the record.” It’s like posting a drunken picture on Facebook, once you say something, it’s out there.
PPS – I’m not making a judgment on whether he did or did not do anything improper with a lobbyist. I’m making a judgment on his statement and on his multiple instances of lack of following the rules.