Embattled alleged domestic abuser Jeff ‘The Bruiser’ Woodburn is refusing to resign from office. The New Hampshire state senator decided that the charges against him are far too insignificant to warrant abandoning his office.
Let me guess. He’s going to let the voters decide.
Any number of voices, especially those on the left, are not keen on that idea.
The assumption is that dodging charges of domestic violence in the current zeitgeist comes with the potential for political fallout.
“Domestic violence should always be condemned in the strongest terms, and there must be accountability for acts of abuse,” Shaheen said in a statement. “I’m appalled by these charges.”
As I noted earlier, confidence in how bad the potential optics are for Democrats is high. But there is another scenario.
It’s just political theatre. They don’t want him to resign. Someone thinks he can still win and if he wins it all goes away. But they want to be seen and heard objecting to the charges. So, prominent party members come out condemning “in the strongest terms” while demanding accountability. Optics managed.
What, if anything, the Right can do with that remains to be seen, but we’ve got a few months until November.
We should expect every candidate for public office to have been schooled on the proper response to likely questions. We are against that, and we think he should step down. Optics managed.
But they won’t bring any real pressure which we know they can and could.
If they don’t, we’ll know they really don’t care about domestic abuse. But then, we already knew that, didn’t we?