This time, however, the politician says he was set up (upon closer inspection it does seem that way) and plans to seek legal counsel to see if any laws were broken by the guy who eventually posted the pictures:
A politician who emailed a woman nude photos of himself that were posted on a GOP activist’s website has resigned and said he will consider all legal options to have the pictures taken down.
New Jersey democrat Louis Magazzu, 53, admitted sending the photos to the woman he said he had been corresponding with online for several years.
He claims she requested the pictures but was working with an ‘avowed political enemy’ at the time and that he did not know.
In an email statement, the Cumberland County freeholder apologised to family, friends and constituents but indicated that he thought he was being set up.
He said he’s been separated from his wife for about two years.
The pictures appear to show Magazzu standing naked in front of a mirror photographing himself.
He said: ‘I did not know that she was working with an avowed political enemy to distribute these pictures. I have retained counsel to determine what laws may have been broken by the unauthorized distribution of those pictures.
‘Unfortunately, in my personal life, I did not always demonstrate the wisdom and balance that I expected from myself, and that the people of Cumberland County deserve and have every right to expect.’
The man who posted the photos, Carl B. Johnson of Millville, said that he was happy Magazzu was leaving office and that he would consider taking down the photos.
He said: ‘He should have stepped down a long time ago for many reasons. His brand of politics is harmful to the entire political process. I’m sorry it had to happen this way.’
Mr Johnson said he started his website three years ago after a dispute with Magazzu over claims about property taxes.
He decided to post the photos because Magazzu had brought up Johnson’s family and back child support payments during their squabble, he said.
‘I started the blog three years ago after a nasty freeholder meeting…it started as a way to expose the dirty underbelly of Cumberland County politics.
‘No one did anything in the party without him having his say.’
Magazzu’s attorney, Rocco Cipparone, said they are looking into whether Mr Johnson violated criminal and civil privacy laws by posting the photos and sending uncensored copies to local newspapers.
He said: ‘He is the victim of unauthorized, non-consensual dissemination of these photos. While his sending images may be considered indiscreet, it was a private communication intended for one other person only.’
Considering that he has been separated from his wife for going on three years I don’t know what the problem is. He has been in communication with the woman for years, she indeed appears to have requested the photos and he then complied.
Personally I think the guy should have had the nut-sack to not resign and tell everyone to go fuck themselves.
The fact he couldn’t bring himself to do this probably means the world is better off without him being in a position of leadership, but it doesn’t take away from the shady aspect of this.
You have one person, Carl B. Johnson, a man in arrears on both property taxes and child support payments (hey, what a stand-up guy!) that worked with another individual to obtain private/sensitive photos of a another man under false pretenses….then place those online for public consumption because said individual expected him to pay what was owed.
I think that for once the politician is the least sleazy part of the entire equation.