The latest development in Councilman Eugene Robinson’s sex scandal is that he is now suing the taxpayers of Atlantic City. A recent Wayne Parry Associated Press piece places Councilman and Minister Robinson’s transgression in Atlantic City historical perspective.
A hooker and a Baptist minister having sex in a seedy motel room, where a camera was hidden in a clock radio. A videotape delivered to a radio talk show host by someone wearing oversized glasses, a fake beard and surgical gloves.
Even by the flamboyant corruption standards set by Atlantic City’s government over the decades, this was one for the books.
Atlantic City is a town whose origins are rooted in vice,” [James Leonard, Jr. said. "It's like the temptations are just too great here."
Levy resigned in October 2007. Four of his eight predecessors also had been arrested on corruption charges.
Some council members haven't fared much better. As recently as 2006, one third of the nine council members were either in prison or on their way. One incumbent councilman is awaiting trial next year for his role in the Callaway sex video case.
In 1989 and 1990, four council members and the mayor were indicted in a bribery case. Only one councilman and the mayor, James Usry, were convicted.
So a Baptist minister and a hooker walk into a motel....
Another day, another sex scandal in Atlantic City. But it's always been that way in New Jersey's largest seaside resort town[.]
Rather than resign, Councilman Eugene Robinson claimed “righteousness.” His stance is along the lines of “How dare they videotape me with a hooker,” rather than “I am sorry for using a taxpayer-funded vehicle to pick-up a prostitute and take her to a seedy motel for sexual services.” Atlantic City taxpayers get the joy of knowing that they indirectly paid for their At-Large Councilman to pick-up a hooker.
Councilman Robinson’s “righteousness” has led him to sue the city for the emotional duress this whole ordeal has caused him. Did he suffer this duress before, during, or after receiving sexual favors from a lady of the night? Mark Padula offers the following thought:
Regarding the Nov. 21 story, “Robinson suit cites humiliation from sex-tape, blackmail scheme”:
I find it disgraceful that the good people of Atlantic City have a mayor who has sued the city of Atlantic City, a City Council president who has sued the city and now a reverend and councilman who has filed suit against the city. All of this while our property taxes continue to increase year after year.
What, if anything, did the city of Atlantic City do to Councilman Gene Robinson to cause him to name the same entity that he draws a paycheck and perks from in his lawsuit? Could it be because the city’s pockets run even deeper than Councilman John Schultz’s?
We join Mr. Padula and other Atlantic City taxpayers in demanding that disgraced Councilman abandon any pretense of righteousness and resign. His behavior and the decision to sue the city are disgusting. Do not wait until November’s election to be voted out of office. Do not pass go.
Resign Councilman, resign.