Accused of hiring a gay escort for sex while on a business trip in California, Medford's mayor told a packed town hall that he is a victim of the Internet, which he called "an anonymous murky place." Chris Myers, who ran an aggressive campaign as a Republican Congressional candidate in the Third District in '08, said he has been wronged by news stories based on an anonymous person and a site that no longer exists on the Web.
What would the late Steve Jobs think Myers' assessment and this deep dark hole that Jobs helped promote?
The Internet website in question showed someone who looked like Myers lying on a bed in his underwear. And then there were pix of his mayor's identification card and a receipt for $500, the amount he allegedly paid the escort.
The problem is that it is a website created by someone who refused to identify himself or be interviewed. The person simply emailed a local newspaper, The Burlington County Times, and directed them to a website that later disappeared. And then Jay Leno riffed on it in his monologue, questioning Myers' quotes in the BCT that someone may have sneaked into his hotel room and snapped his picture.
As Myers says, "anyone could just say anything they want" on the Internet. See a story about the tense town meeting here: http://bit.ly/tjXUP9
There were no pitchforks, but a few people pressed the issue of why Myers wouldn't at least give them some explanation. Was he mugged? Did someone break into his hotel room? Is it his picture?
Myers, a married man with children, stuck to his script. At least five times he repeated that he would "have no further comment" and that he "categorically denied the allegations." Even when asked if he would resign as mayor. Not a yes, or a no, or an angry "that would be ridiculous because I didn't do it." Just a no comment and the oft-repeated remark about the murky place.
What do you think? Please feel free to comment on what Myers should do, and/or the murkiness and intrigue of the web.