We just learned a new word today: “tomcatting.” From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Chehalis, Washington — The tomcatting of the elected prosecutor in this conservative rural town has jeopardized as many as four cases brought by his office and prompted a complaint to the state bar association.
Liam Michael Golden, a Republican who ran unopposed for Lewis County prosecutor last November, is facing allegations that he did not properly disclose past sexual relationships with the mother of a victim in one case and the mother of a defendant in another. His office also charged someone with cyberstalking a woman Golden had slept with, though Golden recently turned that case over to a prosecutor from neighboring Thurston County.
Maybe Golden should start looking for dates in “neighboring Thurston county.” It’s tough being a lothario if you’re the top prosecutor in a small town.
“Mike’s got a lot of explaining to do,” said Mark Anders, chairman of the county Republican Party. “I have some heartburn about him having affairs here, there and yonder, just from a personal moral standpoint. But in this post-Clintonian era, your personal life is your personal life, and you have to ask, ‘Well, was it legal? Was it ethical?'”
And was it as good for them as it was for him?
Wash. prosecutor’s sexual relations raise ethical questions [AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer]