Master of Arts in Communication Studies
Donovan Conley, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Thomas R. Burkholder
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
This project examines the apologetic discourse surrounding James Edward "Jim" McGreevey's August 12, 2004 resignation as governor of New Jersey. A cursory reading of the allegations McGreevey faced reveals a curious incongruity between the initial accusations of corruption and his apologizing for being homosexual. In short, McGreevey stood accused of corruption for a number of terrible cabinet appointments. Yet, he apologized for being gay and having a "consensual" affair with his former director of Homeland Security, Golan Cipel. Through a close reading of the texts, I decipher how McGreevey's apology modified the public's understanding of the events that lead to his resignation. It is my contention that McGreevey's strategic use of tropes built an enthymeme that masqueraded as atonement and advanced the image of him as a martyr for gay rights.
Apologia; Governors; Homosexuality; James E. McGreevey; Kategoria; New Jersey; Politicians; Sex scandals
Communication | Political Science | Rhetoric
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eckstein, Justin, "The Curious case of Jim McGreevey" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 36.
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