Ah George Lee…don’t ya just love him?
For ages he was the RTE Economics Editor. And suddenly he decided he wanted to be a politician…for Fine Gael. At the Dublin by-election caused by the death of Seamus Brennan, in June 2009…he won the seat. Sprinkling a little celebrity stardust along the way.
So elected to represent all of his constituents, just eight months later he…resigned. Not exactly a stayer? Well no…he was disappointed that he was being under-used by Enda Kenny and the Fine Gael front bench.
Luckily for George Lee had not resigned from RTE. It was a leave of absence. So just after a year from being elected George (ex-Fine Gael TD) was back in the RTE fold. So that’s alright then. He is doing the journalist thing on RTE. No problem with that…we are all entitled to a mid-life crisis.
But here’s the thing. Can you imagine a situation where a high profile public figure…lets say a sportsperson ….goes into politics, gets elected and resigns after just eight months….and the Media do not crucify him/her? But Are journalists crucifying George Lee for doing this?