Secret Sharers

The Mayor and His Wife Are Separating. And He Has a Girlfriend. How Private Are You?

Storm Orion
Age 27
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Vocal artist

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? No. Saying that, if I were going to vote for the mayor, his having a girlfriend would affect my willingness to support him.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? No, it's public information. Clinton handled his own situation badly and contributed to the hysteria, but it's the media's job to keep us informed of everything.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? I'll just say that I've tried everything once. And I'm proud of it.


George Perreten
Age 43
Resides Queens
Occupation Project manager

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? Not at all. I only cared about Clinton after he wagged his finger at the camera, and he shouldn't have been screwing around on company time.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? The media does a balanced job, and in any case, 72 percent of New Yorkers say they don't care. It would be more of a story if it wasn't being seen against the backdrop of the Monica Lewinsky story, but people have had enough.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? I had hair down to my shoulders, and at one point in life, I'd taken everything there was to take. Mankind has a propensity for checking outÑyour only hope is that you check back in afterwards.


Vinnie
Age 37
Resides Bronx
Occupation Carpenter, Local 608

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? No. I don't care if people are getting some on the side. Everyone does it. Look at the president of the United States.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? No, I want to know these things.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? I've got skeletons like everyone else. They fall into the category of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.


Paula Trotto
Age 33
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Photo editor

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? No. I don't care about sex or illness, the girlfriend or the prostate cancer.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? Yes, they hit below the belt.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? I've never done anything too terrible.


Samantha Nieves
Age 18
Resides Bronx
Occupation Student

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? In general, no, but when I hear that the mayor has a new girlfriend, I just have no words for him. He's a jerk and a hypocrite.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? Yes, they're invasive, but in the case of Giuliani, the press seems to be afraid of him.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? Probably my few experiences with Ecstasy. They were a letdown, anyway. All I felt was numb.


Sharika Niles
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Stage manager

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? No. Politicians are regular people. The mayor having a girlfriend doesn't change anything because I already thought he was a jerk, but it does send a bad message. It's an abuse of power.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? I just did a play about this and I've completely changed my mind about the press. If they would spend half their energy on tracking down who's spending budgeted money where instead of who's sleeping with who, we'd live better.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? I can't say. Smoking pot's probably the worst thing I've done.


Juan Velazquez
Age 24
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Porter

Do you care about the private lives of politicians? No, it's private business. I don't care about the mayor because everybody does it, even the president. I still think Giuliani's a hypocrite.

Does the media go too far in its coverage of personal matters? No, voters need to know what's going on and what people who represent them are doing.

What secret do you have that would keep you from running for office? Everything I might have done is in the past. The only thing that's important is what's going on now. Years ago, for instance, hippies smoked pot. Clinton was a hippie, and now he's a great president.

 
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