Daniel New, Guest Editorialist
None of us are perfect, but those to whom a public trust is given must hold to a standard of moral excellence, else they are breaking that trust and dragging their office in the mud. They maintain a high moral standard in their personal conduct, and demand it in the work place under their control.
When an elected official engages in sexual misconduct, he or she should be turned from office immediately. They should resign immediately, and the public should never vote them back into any position of public trust.
For a person in a higher position to appoint someone to office, knowing that they are immoral and have compromised in the past, is to endorse that behavior. This is true in business and in church and in schools, and in government. A man who cannot be trusted in this area cannot be trusted in any area. Can he be forgiven? Sure. Can he be restored to a position of trust and authority? Not likely, and not quickly. Perhaps, after years of proper behavior. Perhaps.
Voters should demand this standard of behavior, and not be swayed by someone’s looks, money, or their politics – voting for a known pervert who cannot maintain decency both at work and in his private life is the surest way to get bad governance every time.
Should a County Judge, such as Craig Doyal support a man he knows to have a record of sexual misconduct? No. In fact, that invites public scrutiny of a County Judge who would do such a thing. The first suspicion is that he condones misbehavior, and knows nothing of morality himself.