1. justme says

    This makes me so damn angry. I don’t think you have to be a saint to be a politician — in fact, the two are mutually exclusive — but don’t run when you know you couldn’t win if everything about you came out. Because it will come out, damn it!

  2. sleepy bear says

    Jeez. It seems like he could’ve weathered this out. I guess I’m used to American politicians like the one with a diaper fetish still in office after buying prostitutes.

  3. jimsur212 says

    Friends stick by their friends, yes, even if they are convicted of a sexual offense – if we know them to be basically good people who made a mistake in their life. Standing by your former partner is an act of character.

    I don’t know the full details of this story, but I suspect that it has to do with the hyper-sensitivity in Ireland now following the priest sexual abuse scandal.

    Too bad Ireland may have lost a good man over what in normal times would be a non-issue.

  4. prophet says

    This is perhaps a wake up call to gay candidates in general. Anything to do with underage people can and will be used against them. In this particular case, though, Norris showed suprising naivete and poor judgement not only by writing letters of support in his professional capacity but by making stupid remarks to the media.

  5. Artie Rimbaud says

    Countries that adopted the Napoleonic Code (France and many others) have always regarded 15 as the age of consent. That differs from most of the English-speaking world (e.g., New York, Britain, Canada) where it is 16. I think reasonable people can disagree while respecting other opinions. But then again, there are always people who are grandstanding for odd personal motives. C’est la vie.

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