Politician's private life?

EllyDicious

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#1
Should politicians' private life matter to us?
Is it related to the way they may govern the country/state/area?
If you know something way wrong about their past private life, would you take it into consideration when choosing them?
[especially when we talk about president, secretary of state, mayors... other similar governments].

For example: The mayor of Tirana[age 46] has always been known as someone with not a normal past. He's known for beating his mother 20 years ago, he refused to recognize his child until 5 years ago when he[the child] was diagnosed with leukemia; he kicked his wife out on the street and accused her for having sexual relationships with his father, also accused of beating her..
When he was in his early 20s he went to the rehab for mental illness; he is also claimed to have beaten his ex girlfriend of 2 years ago... etc. ... and the list goes on ....
Currently he's the mayor of Tirana and the leader of the 2nd most important party in Albania that stands in opposition.
Knowing all these and more about a politician, would you still choose him to rule the country?
 
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DinoFlintstone

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#2
Of course the private life of politicians should matter. For example, I wouldn't want some coke snorting abusive person making decisions than can have an effect on the rest of my life. The are a billion reasons why politicians must be seen to be good people.
 

EllyDicious

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#3
Appearing as a good person and actually being a good person, are 2 different things.
The example I mentioned is typically a man who seems to do everything in the right manner, but not everyone knows the truth inside of him ...
 

Merc

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#4
Of course it matters. Say you have a guy running for an office stressing family values. Then, you find out he beats his wife on a regular basis. Are you telling me that wouldn't sway your vote?
 

Merc

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#6
I mean that would be the way it is in an ideal world but in this day and age where everyone is owned by someone and people often are found lying about their everyday lives it's only common practice to pry into the private lives of people in power.
 

Diederick

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#8
I think policians should be chosen on grounds of their capability and their stance on various issues. If a politician is mentally unstable to a significant degree, I think he should not be able to put himself up for office.

I wouldn't vote for a violent person or a rapist, but I would be neutral about a paedosexual ('paedophile'). People's sense of right and wrong is my concern in the voting booth - I don't care what they do beyond that.