Whaleoil broke the story that Auckland mayor Len Brown had been having an affair with a former council advisory board member.
“As I go through this and deal with this, I want the community and media to respect my family. I have caused my wife and my children harm and shame and humiliation and I want the media and community please, as much as they can, to respect my family as I go through this time of addressing these issues with them, with Shan [Inglis] and the girls.”
He also wants to continue as mayor.
He’s not the first public figure to have private misdeeds exposed.
President Clinton carried on as head of the USA after similar revelations.
But one question Brown might ponder is, would he have been re-elected had this story broken before the election?
His betrayal of his wife is between them.
But if you can’t trust someone not to wrong the one he’s supposed to love the most can you trust him at all?
That is the one justification for a private affair becoming public business.
I can’t think of any others.