[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; this is adapted from a couple posts at The Blog that Cannot Be Named (aka Allergic to Bull****)]
Now, first, this is not the man made famous with the movie Charlie Wilson’s War, but a Congressman running for reelection in Ohio. And so far it does not look good. A few days ago, Big Government produced a copy of the trial brief filed in his divorce and it states that Wilson actually admitted to beating his wife in depositions. Now you might say, “well, yeah, that is the word of a lawyer.” And while lawyers are not typically more honest (or more dishonest, for that matter) than anyone else, the thing is most bar associations would seriously discipline any lawyer who made such a claim without factual basis, and it might even justify sanctions before the court. If a lawyer says that a person admitted to unlawful conduct, and cites a specific page in a transcript, it had better be true. So it gains credibility if only because he could get in trouble if he is lying. But you can decide for yourself and hopefully Wilson will be asked about it very soon.
Jim Geraghty wonders why there is so little coverage of the story so far. Frankly, one purpose in writing this post is to hopefully raise the story’s profile so we can get to the bottom of things. As of this writing, a google news search gets a pitiful number of hits, and most of them involve the more famous Charlie Wilson. But there is a defensible reason for the media being reluctant to report it. If they are doing their job (I know, big “if”), then they might want to verify the account. This might especially be the case if these non-lawyers do not realize that the allegation is credible, because the lawyer would get in such trouble if it was false. So they might be trying to get old records to verify, and given that the case is around two decades old, you have to assume it is in off-site storage. So I would excuse up to one week of delay. But anything beyond that, and they are clearly not pursuing the story.
Of course that begs the question of whether it should be pursued. Is this relevant? Well, here I have to confess potential bias. I have had someone close in my life whom I helped to escape an abusive marriage. I won’t name this woman out of a respect for her privacy, but I will tell you she and her daughter had a basically happy ending. So you might think this means I have a biased hatred toward wife beaters. Or you might say I have an appropriate sense of outrage on the subject. It’s all a matter of perspective. I believe it’s the latter, but that is your call, not mine. Myself, I think there is no place for such a man in Congress unless there is powerful evidence of reform and redemption. Besides the fact that we are depending on this man, Wilson, not to discriminate based on sex, I believe that people who hit their wives also have poor impulse control making them generally unfit for offices of high trust. But as Dennis Miller says, that is just my opinion, I could be wrong.
And if I learn more, I will keep you posted.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]