Tuesday, April 1, 2008
TEXT MESSAGING CAN BE HAZARDOUS—TO YOUR CAREER
WOULD YOU TEXT MESSAGE THIS WOMAN?
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a married man, denied under oath that he and his chief of staff Christine Beatty had had a sexual relationship. Text messages, however, reveal that Beatty asked the mayor if he missed her sexually. He responded, "Hell yeah! You couldn't tell. I want some more.” Now the mayor is facing perjury charges.
It is not only America’s governors and mayors who are involved in hanky-panky or who send incriminating text messages. Finland’s foreign minister, 60-year-old Ilkka Kanerva sent over 200 text messages to Johanna Tukiainen, a 29-year-old exotic dancer. One message asked the young woman, "Would you like to do it in an exotic place? Where could it be?" The conservative National Coalition Party fired Kanerva, saying that he had shown poor judgment and the administration no long had confidence in him.
The moral of this story is, if you’re in public life, and you’re going to fool around, don’t send text messages to your sweetie.