Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s management style has its hallmarks: unwavering loyalty to aides and a deep distaste for exposing private lives to public scrutiny.Is this really a scandal in New York? That the major chose not to publicize a petty domestic incident involving an aide who was resigning anyway? I guess so, because the feminist DV lobby is troubled by it.
So when he described the resignation of a deputy mayor a few weeks ago, Mr. Bloomberg left out a crucial detail — the aide had just been arrested over a domestic violence complaint. ...
The deputy mayor, Stephen Goldsmith, who had overseen the city’s Police, Fire and Transportation Departments, was arrested on July 30 after an altercation with his wife at their home in Washington. His wife told officers that he had shoved her and smashed a telephone against the floor.
Mr. Goldsmith’s arrest, made over his wife’s strenuous objections, first became public in The New York Post on Thursday. ...Read on for details. The paper treats this as some sort of scandal, so I can only assume that it is spinning this to make the parties look as bad as possible. Here is the story.
Even domestic violence experts who have worked closely with the administration and spoke glowingly of its track record on the issue said they were unsettled by the situation.
“If we are going to hold the regular people of New York City accountable for not being violent in their relationships, we need to hold our senior leaders and officials, too,” said Liz Roberts, the chief program officer at Safe Horizon, a group that has worked with the mayor to pass laws protecting victims of domestic abuse.
“It’s troubling — absolutely,” she said.
Based on the police report, it appears that prosecutors did not want to charge Mr. Goldsmith, because his wife did not want to pursue the case.There are many things wrong with this story. First, it is none of anyone's business. Second, it appears that the wife is more guilty than the husband. Third, the cops should not being arresting anyone if no one is alleging a crime. Fourth, a man should not have to lose his job over a harmless incident in the privacy of his own home. Fifth, it is not up to the NYC major to explain a trivial DC incident. Sixth, it is impossible to appease the DV feminists.
His arrest, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington police, stemmed from a loud and at times violent argument starting around 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday in the couple’s red-brick town house in the wealthy Georgetown neighborhood.
“I should have put a bullet through you years ago,” Margaret Goldsmith, 59, screamed at her husband, according to the report. Mr. Goldsmith then shoved her into a kitchen counter, she told the police.
Mrs. Goldsmith threatened to call the police. According to the report, she told him, “You’re not going to do this to me again.”
At that, Mr. Goldsmith grabbed the telephone and threw it to the ground, breaking it, Mrs. Goldsmith told the police. He grabbed her and refused to let her go, the report said.
Mrs. Goldsmith said she yelled, “Let me go, let me go,” and dug her nails into her husband’s forearms; when he released her, she ran to another room and called the police, the report said.
Mr. Goldsmith was arrested around 10 p.m. on a charge of simple assault domestic violence.
The Goldsmiths, in a statement released Thursday morning, confirmed the arrest but denied that they had engaged in any violence and suggested that the police report had misrepresented their behavior.
The report, Mrs. Goldsmith said, “is a summary of what discussions occurred that evening in our home, and those comments have been misconstrued as well as taken out of context.”
Mrs. Goldsmith said the arrest, which was required under Washington’s domestic violence laws, “was made over my strong objections and numerous appeals to the officers.”
Did I miss anything? I read these stories and I think that the world has gone mad. Don't they have any real problems? Shouldn't New Yorkers be concerned with Hurricane Irene cleanup or something like that?