The Washingtonienne affair

Probably few of you have heard of the Washingtonienne affair. Jessica Cutler kept a blog about her sex life, which a lot of people do, mostly (as she did) anonymously; however she left enough clues for rival Washingotn blogger Wonkette to work out who she was and for her boss, a U.S. Senator, to work out what was going on and to fire her.

For Jessica all ends well, I suspect; she and Wonkette made up and she gets a rather positive interview in the Washington Post. Best quote:

Sipping a strawberry Nesquik, she expressed amusement that her explicit diaries gripped the imaginations of Hill staffers and Web surfers all week. “It’s amazing to me that people have any interest in such a low-level sex scandal. If I were sleeping with a congressman, maybe, but I’m a nobody and the people I’m writing about are nobodies.”

Quite seriously, she has the sort of approach that means she will probably go far.

She’s setting her sights on the book publishing industry: “They’ll totally hire me if I say I got fired from my job on the Hill because of a sex scandal.”

But it does make me muse a bit on the relations between blogs and public profile. My job is a politically sensitive one, and I have to be careful. Fortunately my private life is less exciting than Jessica Cutler’s.

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  1. No, it’s (probably) just below; and more importantly, it’s difficult to see how to make the other seats in the East work out without adding to Upper Bann as well.

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