Kerry’s Divorce Documents
Drudge Report — CHASE ON FOR SEALED KERRY DIVORCE DOCUMENTS
After last week’s front page headlines over ugly unsealed divorce records in the Republican Illinois senate race, media outlets now face a dilemma: What to do about Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry’s sealed divorce records!
The race is on in political and media circles to gauge the import of Kerry’s sealed July 25, 1988 divorce from his first wife, Julia Stimson Thorne.
TRIBUNE, which successfully sued a court to gain access to Illinois Republican Jack Ryan’s divorce papers and child custody records [over the objection of both Ryan and his former wife], is considering a similar push on Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. [TRIBUNE owns WLVI-TV Channel 56 in Boston. It could use its Massachusetts connection as a jumping point to petition the court which granted Kerry a divorce, sources explain.] Other news outlets may soon follow.
The Kerry campaign late Sunday called any old divorce digging a game of political “gutter ball.” “This is a trash hunt,” said a senior Kerry source, who asked not to be named. “No, I do not have a clue what is in the papers,” explained the source. “But it is none of my business. And its none of your business, or any one’s business… You’re playing a game of gutter ball, Drudge.”
“I would argue, adamantly, the records should remain sealed. And out of the hands of John’s political enemies.”
I must agree. While Kerry is very much a public figure and has been for over thirty years, there has to be some boundary of privacy even for those who aspire to the presidency.
Unfortunately, once this game gets going, then the previous abuse becomes justification for retribution. Just as the sleazy conduct of Ted Kennedy and others during the Bork hearings in the mid-1980s set off a cycle of nasty confirmation battles that is still with us, I suspect the Ryan scandal will have similar repurcussions. Given that these things happen outside the control of the campaigns and that divorce proceedings are technically “public” records, I see no way of stopping it.