1. Opinion

Public deserves better than Sager's hypocrisy

Published Oct. 27, 2012

Hernando Commission candidate Jason Patrick Sager is a hypocrite with a flawed perspective on effective leadership and public responsibility. Sager, a Republican running for the District 3 commission seat, last week acknowledged an extramarital affair with his political consultant, a three-month liaison that ended the marriage of campaign aide Danielle Alexandre.

Sager is married and his campaign website features photographs of him, his wife and their 7-year-old son with the notation "they are devout Christians and active members of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church.'' Likewise, Sager pledges to "work to restore government in Hernando County back to one that is respected, trusted and principled in nature.''

Sager's unscrupulous behavior indicates he doesn't know the meaning of the words "respect,'' "trust,'' or "principled."

The affair came to light because his consultant's ex-husband, Edward Alexandre, shared with the Tampa Bay Times the evidence he had collected before his divorce from Danielle. It included text messages, emails, photographs and a clandestine video of Sager and Danielle Alexandre having sex at her home.

Interviewed Thursday, Sager initially denied the affair but came clean only after consulting with an attorney. It's a shame he needed legal advice to be truthful. But, he still doesn't get it.

"The actions as a legislator and effort to maintain the faith with the people and the government and my personal life are not connected,'' he said.

In other words, character doesn't count. What bunk. If his personal life is irrelevant to his planned government service, why does he tout his Christian virtues? He can't have it both ways.

How candidates conduct themselves in their personal lives –- particularly candidates with no track record as an officeholder –- is an imperative consideration for voters. Do they allow their personal behavior to contradict their political promises? Certainly, Sager did. He is untruthful and untrustworthy.

His claim that his infidelity is unrelated to his platform to put people back to work is typical narcissistic nonsense from someone with incredibly poor judgment. The only work he's creating is for divorce lawyers and spin doctors.

Hernando County deserves better from the people seeking elected public service.


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