David Petraeus is the latest government official to resign after admitting an affair.
According to the Associated Press, a friend and former top aide of the retired general said Petraeus began an affair with his biographer last year, just two months after becoming director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The 60-year-old Petraeus, who has been married 38 years, quit his job Friday after acknowledging the affair.
The Petraeus situation is the latest in a line of political scandals involving government officials. Others in power have resigned after similar accusations.
But leaders do not always resign from office despite revelations into their personal life. In 2009, Mark Sanford, then the governor of South Carolina, admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman he met in Argentina. Sanford declined to resign and remained in office until his term ended in January of last year.
Should elected officials and/or those in government positions resign if caught in extramarital affairs? Do those leaders have a duty to step down in those situations, or are they justified if they choose to remain in their position?
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