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Pirro's Predicament

Friday, 29 September 2006 12:00 AM

Poor Jeanine Pirro. This woman has no luck with men. She can't pick 'em -- as husbands or friends. If it isn't the scoundrel she married, it's the one she chose to complain to. The woman is surrounded by crooks, which is not a good thing when you're running for attorney general.

The latest scandal involving the would-be brightest female star in the New York Republican firmament involves her seeking out former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik to bug her husband and find out whether he was cheating on her. The timing in this case is particularly noteworthy.

The issue at the time was whether Pirro would run for attorney general, governor, or United States senator from New York. Her explanation for why it was taking her so long to decide was her mother's illness. Clearly, or clearly in light of the tapes that were leaked to the press and made as part of the corruption investigation of Kerik, at the time she was publicly supposed to be worrying about her mother's illness, she was privately worrying about whether her husband, who is reportedly referred to rather graphically on the tapes, was cheating on her.

Had anyone known this, it would have ended the guessing game as to which race she would enter. The answer would have been obvious.

As you recall, she entered the Senate race against Hillary Clinton, the one race where her husband might be cancelled out as an issue.

It was her gaffes, not her husband, that drove her out of that race and into the attorney general's contest. Still, by her own estimation, at least as captured on the tapes, had it not been for Albert, she might have been governor. Or at least the nominee.

Behind every powerful man, they say, is a loyal and long-suffering wife. And behind every powerful woman?

What Jeanine Pirro keeps reminding us of is how one-sided that rule seems to be. How did such a talented woman end up with such a loser? (This guy managed to get two speeding tickets this summer while his wife is running for AG. Who does he think he is?) Why does she stay with him and allow him to drag her down for all to see? To paraphrase, why is this woman (not) different from all other women?

A woman, Gloria Steinem once said, needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. She might not be right about that in life, but in politics, there's something to be said for it.

Mrs. Pirro is crying foul in the investigation, claiming the whole thing was politically motivated. She says it was an underling in the prosecutor's office who was politically motivated. But the United States attorney responsible for the investigation is a fellow Republican, which makes the claim of partisan bias a little bit weak.

No, it's Mrs. Pirro's taste and her dependence on so-called strong men, not the investigative targeting, that are at work here. For a smart woman, she has terrible taste. For a strong woman, she doesn't behave like one. Having stuck with her husband through thick and thin, having barely survived his stint in prison and his varied state investigations, Mrs. Pirro turned around and had reason to suspect that Albert was not quite as loyal as she. That she chose to confide in a longtime friend who turned out be a crook and who was himself being taped at the time was a piece of bad judgment and bad luck. That the tapes would be leaked six weeks before the election seems to be more bad luck than one woman deserves.

There's no reward for loyalty in her position, as Mrs. Pirro is learning. It may not have been a crime to have Mr. Kerik tape her husband, but it was asking for trouble. And trouble is most certainly what she's got. Bill Clinton survived worse. But he had Hillary, a strong partner, beside him. Jeanine Pirro is not so lucky. Women in her shoes usually aren't, it seems.

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Poor Jeanine Pirro. This woman has no luck with men. She can't pick 'em -- as husbands or friends. If it isn't the scoundrel she married, it's the one she chose to complain to. The woman is surrounded by crooks, which is not a good thing when you're running for...
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