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Perhaps I'm missing something, but the problem is not primarily about sex, lying, or criminality. It really comes down to judgement.
Commissioner Adams engaged in behavior with someone who he recognized could be misinterpreted, twisted, used for political purposes. It might have even been criminal, if it occurred before Mr. Breedlove was of age legally. Mr. Adams clearly recognized some danger, and reacted very aggressively to another gay candidate's comments,
Among Mr. Adams' campaign positions was he was a canny politician, who understood how things worked, and could get things done. Se have witnessed an endless string of politicians getting their tails caught in the ringer over a wide variety of transgressions, including but not limited to illicit sexual situations, since 1971. The notion he couldn't foresee this becoming, at the least. the huge distraction from his agenda, either suggest he believed he could get away with lying (please review Pres. Clinton or Nixon's success with that), or that he is not the wily politician he implied he was.
He was not a victim in this matter. I do not dispute as a young gay man, he had to protect himself. But his protection in this matter would have been to repel Mr. Breedlove's advances (if that is what happpened), or to reject his own inclinations. He was involved with another man who was clearly of age, and no one is suggesting he had to lie about that. Good judgement would have been to never put himself and his candidacy at risk for what was essentially a fling.
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