Well, it’s all over the news, South Australia is having it’s first ever major political sex scandal, and it involves our previously squeaky clean Premier Mike Rann.
The allegations were made by Michelle Chantelois who at the time was a waitress at Parliament House. Although she didn’t come out in public until last night, things were brewing ever since her husband whacked Mike with a rolled up magazine a little while back. At the time Mike denied even knowing him.
I watched the Channel 7 program, and I must admit Michelle was very convincing. She didn’t stumble once and seemed so certain about things and how they transpired. One would have thought if she made the whole thing up she would have put got her story mixed at least once.
I’m not at all surprised that Rann, our master spin doctor, denied the allegations. Why wouldn’t he when so much is at stake. It sort of brings to mind the American version which involved Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton. Who can forget how Bill Clinton denied those allegations, and when caught out tried to spin out of it by saying a blow job wasn’t really sex.
Not our Mike Rann. He went for a hell of a lot more than a blow job. Not to be outdone by some Yank he allegedly had sex on the Parliamentary office table, the office floor, and even up against the wall after asking Michelle to watch a particular movie just so as to make sure she got all the moves right.
Anyway, not only is Rann denying it, he is going to sue Channel 7 and New Idea for airing these allegations. This is going to be really interesting as Channel 7 said last night that even more revelations are to be revealed throughout the week.
Personally I think that Rann, like Clinton, has been caught with his pants down. I’m sure Seven and New Idea would have to have fairly damning evidence otherwise they would never have gone ahead with Rann’s dirty deed.
It was revealed on 5AA, one of our prominent talk back radio stations, that Michelle revealed what was happening at the time to a close friend as well as her mother who was visiting from the States, at the time. Apparently her mother has kept a meticulous diary for years, and guess what, there are actual entries in the diary of some of the events that went on. Perhaps not as good as semen on a dress, who knows why Monica Lewinsky kept that, but it would be pretty damning all the same.
If I recall correctly Michelle did mention in the interview that Rann did make one slip in that he did send her an SMS! Perhaps thins is her equivalent of the semen stained dress?
It seems we have some interesting times ahead, and if it turns out that Rann is not able to spin his way out of this mess one would pretty well assume that Ranns shagging episode will pretty well screw the Labor party, especially with the election looming early next year.
Naturally, if he is innocent he will come out like a shining night wearing his Teflon coated suit. But, if on the other hand if Michelle turns out to be telling the truth you would think that his political career would be at an end.
So, lets say he is guilty, should he be forgiven, after all he’s only human>? Never mind that he ruined the life of a woman and her family, not to mentioned that he lied to the people that put him into office.
Should he resign or wait to be turfed out by his party members?
Would you vote for him in the coming elections?
Before answering that question, consider the following excerpts of Rann’s Ministerial Code Of Conduct;
Ministers must ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the dignity, reputation and integrity of Parliament. Ministers are responsible to Parliament for their actions and the actions of the departments and agencies within their portfolio.
Then there is also the bit that says;
Ministers are expected to act honestly, diligently and with propriety in the performance of their public duties and functions. Ministers must ensure they do not deliberately mislead the public or the Parliament on any matter of significance arising from their functions.
I suppose that means that as a Premier, he should not be lying to the public.?