We have two politicians in trouble in New Zealand. One is facing two years jail. The other is facing opprobrium for inappropriate moral behaviour …
Of course the politician who breached the moral code is facing the most examination.
And there has been extensive analysis of the other party involved. Her identity was released quickly and ever since her character has been part of the feeding frenzy.
The affidavit that she signed reads like porn. I would not be surprised if Ms Chuang would have chosen a different way to describe what happened. The phrases used read like a male fantasy and the descriptions are too indiscrete for a woman to use. No doubt Slater and Cook wanted it to be as salacious as possible.
And Chuang has come out this morning and given her view of matters.
She confirmed that the Palino campaign had information about the affair during the campaign and wanted to use it. Her reluctance for the information to be released while she was herself seeking public office is understandable.
Obviously she was devastated by her narrow loss in the election. I can understand and appreciate how she felt.
She obviously now regrets the publicity and I am aware that she has urged Palino’s team and Slater to stop contacting her.
The following comments which I received from a reader describe the situation very well. It was written before the Herald’s article appeared this morning.
The Other Woman never does well out of these things. In this case The Other Woman is a political hopeful. She works in circles where you need to be able to smile convincincly and get your face in the social pages. She knowingly had an affair with a married man, and lots of people, married women especially, judge that super harshly.
She will be cut dead as dead by those on the centre-right who she was politically aligned with, particularly those on the Christian Right. She’s already been excised from the C-R website. She won’t find any friends on the centre-left either because of the perception she has tried to do in a mayor from that side of the paddock.
What did she have to benefit from outting her affair with Len??
Why use so much detail that would reveal a huge amount about her private matters, result in people questioning the veracity of it all and cause everyone who read it to throw up in their mouth a little.
Maybe, and this wouldn’t be the first time in the history of sex scandals, this has all got rather out of the control of The Other Woman. Maybe in the hands of really odious people who don’t give a shit about her (or quality journalism) The Other Women isn’t quite what she appears from the way the publisher has put things.
We have only heard from The Other Woman through that known liar Whaleoil and disgraced former journo Cook. If a person will falsely claim that a mayoral hopeful they don’t like has arrogantly said only an earthquake could stop them from winning, days before an earthquake hits that city, and then actually fake-edits a video to make it look like they said it when they obviously did not, imagine what they would do to some sexually explicit quotes and stories about a mayor they have hated on for years.
Look at it this way. What if Whaleoil already knew about the affair? What if he approached her, not the other way around? What if he told her I know and this is going to be so much better for you if you talk to me and then you can control things? Give me your side of the story, I’ll make you look good, it’ll all be fine for you. You’ll get some revenge and be held up as a heroine for showing us all Len’s true character and saving the city.
After all Cook has a history in doing just that to sources and then leaving them for dead, in one case quite literally.
Yes yes woman scorned, all that stuff. But a lot of this doesn’t make sense. She receives an anonymous threatening text and that’s why she went public, but also she voted for the man she thinks was behind that text? Qui bono – who has the strongest interest in getting her to go public? Not Len, that’s for sure. Not The Other Woman either.