Jim McGreevey and the 'Fall to Grace'

Documentary Looks at New Life of 'Gay American' Governor

‘I’m a Gay American’ Former N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey famously comes out of the closet and steps down from office amid a gay sex scandal in 2004.
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‘I’m a Gay American’ Former N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey famously comes out of the closet and steps down from office amid a gay sex scandal in 2004.

By Reuters

Published January 19, 2013.

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Pelosi said she was drawn to “broken men” and their stories, and chose to profile McGreevey because he had turned around his life.

“He went into public service because he wanted to help people, then he got wrapped up in the ego and hubris and himself. And ironically, he didn’t help people until he fell and realized he was broken. Ironically, he’s helping people now,” she said.

In 2004, McGreevey admitted an affair with a male staffer from Israel on his security team and came out as gay.

Eight years later, Wisconsin voters sent Tammy Baldwin to Washington as the first openly gay U.S. senator.

“Times have changed. Gay in 2004 is a lot different to gay in 2012. … You can be gay and be in politics now, but I don’t think in 2004 it was that kind of environment,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi was joined by her mother and father at the festival premiere. Nancy Pelosi said she was proud of her daughter’s effort to capture McGreevey’s story.

“This is not just a story about how a politician has fallen from grace, it’s a personal momentum to make a difference in our country and the lives of the American people. He’s used his power and commitment to make a difference in individual people’s lives,” she said.

McGreevey said he had put priesthood in the Episcopal Church aside for the moment in order to dedicate himself to his new cause.

“I’m a broken person and many of us are broken. … I don’t always make the right decisions. I have failed, but that’s everyone. Women in jail are also deserving of the same transformation and same redemption,” he said.

“Fall To Grace” will air in March on HBO.



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