Last week, Sydney Leathers exploded back into public view with the confession that she'd been financially dominating a midwestern legislator who had slipped in hiding his identity. Now, the Indiana congressman has come forward and apologized to those he loves for getting into a relationship with Leathers.
According to Page Six, which has really been doing some award-winning work on the Leathers beat, Indiana democrat Justin Moed released a statement apologizing to his community and recognizing that he may have lost the trust of his constituents after it was confirmed he was sexting with Leathers. Moed, who had never met Leathers (only texted with her and sent her gifts) is newly engaged and has asked for privacy at this time. I know that I should be all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about this, but I can't help feeling sorry for Moed who engaged in what he thought would be a private activity and was revealed to the public. Sure he should have thought about Leathers' track record with congressmen (he's her second!) before getting involved and I, personally, am for monogamous relationships, but what he does in the bedroom is the business of Moed, his fiancee and anyone else they choose to involve in intimate relations, not the American public. Personally, I don't see wht h has to apologize to the community for (except for the specific member he hurt), but here's what he said:
"I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. This is a private matter and I ask for it to be treated as such. I apologize to my constituents and to everyone I have let down," Moed said.
Page 6 reports that Moed and Leathers never even spoke on the phone and conducted their relationship through twitter and text. Moed sent Leathers gifts including Steve Madden shoes (solid), bath bombs (solid) and lingerie (not really into it). He's since removed his Twitter and Facebook accounts and is hoping the public leaves him alone.
While I recognize that there are bigger issues here than just a politician engaging in untoward behavior, I can't help but think that this story would have been much smaller had Indiana not just been in the news due to a newly released documentary series about a Durnsville woman transitioning back to everyday life after being rescued from an underground bunker, where she'd lived as a "mole woman" for 15 years.
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