There’s another headline no mayor likes to see. New York Times, August 7, 2019, p. A26. One question: Why are only “some” crying foul? To paraphrase Shakespeare, this is corruption “most foul.” And let’s not forget the human dignity of the security detail, carrying out rolled-up futons. The union was not happy about that not being in the job descriptions of the security detail.
The mayor’s spokesperson says that “Chiara (the deBlasio daughter) did the majority of the move on her own by subway, but her mother helped with the last few boxes — something many parents do. Members of the family’s detail were standing by and offered to help. Their involvement was strictly voluntary.” A police spokesman said that the decision by the detail to get involved may have been easier because if a moving company had been hired, there would have had to be vetting and a background check.
Stunning that no one saw the risk of public perception — a police van and security doing moving duty. The suspicions about de Blasio’s hyopcrisy on everything from income inequality to environmentalism (the 11-mile daily trip to the gym does not help) are only fueled by such poor decisions. You can’t swing a dead cat without landing on some kind of gym in Manhattan. Unclear why he needs the trek, with security and a Suburban, to a Brooklyn gym.
In the field of ethics, appearance is part of ethical analyses, not just the rules or the need for convenience.