The day after Golan Cipel announced, through counsel, that he would not sue Governor McGreevey for sexual harassment, Cipel stated, “I have no doubt that I would have won a civil case against the governor.” Still insisting on the righteousness of Cipelâ€™s claim (and Cipelâ€™s heterosexuality), one of Cipelâ€™s attorneys talked of Cipelâ€™s responding â€œforcefully and assertivelyâ€ to fend off the governorâ€™s most recent sexual advances.
The governorâ€™s camp, not surprisingly, dismissed Cipelâ€™s and his attorneyâ€™s statements. In fact, one of the governorâ€™s most ardent supporters, state senator Raymond Lesniak, went so far as to say, “I challenged Lowy [Cipelâ€™s attorney] repeatedly, through the press, to file a suit. I wanted to take Cipel’s deposition under oath.”**
Enough, already with the ridiculous posturing. We see this pathetic soap opera for what it is.
The real issue that remains on the table is the governorâ€™s steadfast refusal to leave office before September 3rd. His leaving prior to that date would permit the citizens of this state to elect the person who will be the chief executive of the state through November 2005. Imagine the nerve of us actually wanting a say in who governs the state?
** Donâ€™t make me laugh. First, Mr. Lesniak a state senator, most certainly would not represent Governor McGreevey in such a suit and therefore would not take Cipelâ€™s deposition â€œunder oath,â€ [Theyâ€™re always taken under oath.]. And, second, if I were the client, I would not want Mr. Lesniak to take a deposition, even in a rear-end hit case.