Sex Scandals: A double standard for women in American politics
South Carolina GOP Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is being accused of having had two separate sexual affairs, and many are saying the revelations should end her political career.
Dana Goldstein, associate editor of The Daily Beast, said there is absolutely a double standard regarding sexual relations in American politics. While not all men end up pulling through to continue their political careers after a sex scandal, there are many who do, Goldstein said, citing the cases of Bill Clinton and David Vitter specifically.
“Just like them, I think she has the right to throw her hat into the ring politically and continue competing,” said Goldstein.
Goldstein argues that Haley should be judged on her merits and professional accomplishments like any other candidate, not on unconfirmed allegations of sex scandals.
“We don’t know yet if the allegations against here are true or false. The two guys who are accusing her of affairs don’t have a heck of a lot of evidence. The evidence they cite is sort of hearsay and circumstantial,” said Goldstein.
Haley’s most recent accuser is actually a former paid consultant to another gubernatorial candidate.
“We need to find out more,” said Goldstein. “If these allegations are false, Nikki Haley is the victim of the slimiest political sex effort to tarnish someone in American history."
Although the allegations are gaining attention, it appears Nikki Haley will still win the Republican primary election. She continues to lead in the polls and may be gaining more support from voters who are sympathetic with her situation.