Larry Craig’s toe tapping, Elliot Spitzers “client # 9” and most recently Weiner’s…well you know! Power changes people…we’ve all heard this time and time again. But the reality is that all these politicians thought they were in a safe position where they could control what they wanted to be public and private. As a public relations and media relations expert, the number one rule I tell my client’s is, “everything is on the record, whether you want it to be or not.” It doesn’t matter if you are a famous politician or a local businessman/woman working within your own small community. Any wrongdoing uncovered taints your credibility and can quickly cause damage that can bring down a business, senator, congressman, etc. While these crises keep many in my industry rather busy (ie: employed), the reality is that this scenario is completely avoidable. As a constituent, this may be one of the most upsetting points, while on the other end of the spectrum some of those in the political arena might be most upset because now they are forced to take a position regarding an unsavory situation a colleague was involved in.
How many times have you had to take a side publicly? Among friends…family??? How about work??? Did it have a direct impact on the person’s side that you didn’t take??? On the playground the metrics are very clear and identifiable. Once wrongdoing is confirmed, you are doomed to play in the sandbox alone. CNN pulled a terrific reminder of these scandals recently which you can find at http://bit.ly/mc8DeF