I don't know if I'm quite feeling sorry for him, but this is starting to border on ridiculous.
Here's the latest on Conservative star Senator Patrick Brazeau:
Three times in the past five years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's most controversial new Senate appointee fell behind in support payments for a son he has not spoken to in eight years – payments that totalled less than $100 per month.A number of legitimate concerns have been raised about Brazeau's suitability for public office, particularly his actions and conduct as head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. These issues are perfectly germane, and certainly leave me of the view this guy isn't Senator material, and his appointment was a major foul-up by Stephen Harper.
Patrick Brazeau, the 34-year-old former aboriginal leader who was appointed to the Senate in December, missed one payment as recently as 11 months ago at a time when he was earning a six-figure income.
In an interview yesterday, he said he did not want to air any personal "dirty laundry," but he acknowledged he had been late on some payments and said he would consider larger monthly payments for the well-being of his 14-year-old son now that he was earning more than $130,000 as a senator.
But the story last week about how he drives a Porsche SUV...why should I care what car he drives? I assume he bought and paid for the car himself, and if that's how he wants to spend his salary, who cares?
Now the "investigative media" are turning their attention to his relationship with his son. Do I think it's dickish of Brazeau to, while he makes a six-figure income and drives a Porsche, be only paying $100 in child support? And that he fell behind on that pitiful amount? I do. But this is none of my business. It doesn't relate to his position as a Senator. The figure is low, but that's a matter between him, his ex and the courts, an avenue of redress I'd encourage her to consider. And is it really our business that he is estranged from his son?
As I've said, there's plenty of fault to find with Brazeau in the professional sphere without descending into the trivial (his vehicle) or the personal (his family). I wish the media would keep this in mind, and I hope the opposition parties don't stoop to personal attacks here. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers