New Jersey politician Louis Magazzu has resigned after nude pictures he took of himself surfaced on a conservative activist’s website. Magazzu says he will consider all legal means of getting the pictures removed from the site.
Admits to sending the pictures
New Jersey freeholder, or county official, Louis Magazzu (D), 53, has been separated from his wife for two years. He admits to sending the pictures to a woman he corresponded with online.
Magazzu believes he was set up
In his resignation statement, Magazzu apologized to his family, friends and constituents. But he also made it clear that he believed he believed he was framed.
“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,” Magazzu wrote. “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 pictures show Magazzu standing in front of a mirror, photographing himself nude with a Blackberry.
Magazzu’s attorney, Rocco Cipparone, 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.”
Posted by conservative activist
The pictures were posted by Carl B. Johnson, a New jersey Republican who started his website three years ago over a dispute with Magazzu about property taxes.
“He should have stepped down a long time ago for many reasons,” Johnson said. “His brand of politics is harmful to the entire political process. I’m sorry it had to happen this way.”
Johnson says he only posted the pictures after Magazzu mentioned Johnson’s back child support payments in one of their arguments.
Earlier similar scandals
This latest “sexting” scandal comes on the heels of Anthony Weiner (D) and Chris Lee (R), both East Coast politicians who resigned earlier this year after it became public that they had sent immodest photos of themselves to women over the Internet.
New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/08/03/2011-08-03_louis_magazzu_democrat_new_jersey_freeholder_resigns_after_nude_photos_sexts_sur.html?r=news/national
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/02/louis-magazzu-nj-politici_n_916602.html
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2021715/New-Jersey-democrat-Louis-Magazzu-resigns-naked-photos-email-online-girlfriend.html
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