Mayor Baby Daddy
Expecting politicians to act with sexual propriety is loser’s bet, I know. And you can call me an up-tight, un-modern Puritan prig or whatever, but it just isn’t good when the Mayor of the largest city in the state–someone who is, correctly and properly, a role model for minority youth–reveals he is having a child out of wedlock.
The baby with live-in girlfriend Farah Escamilla, a legal assistant for a Providence law firm, is Taveras’ first. The due date is Jan. 4 or 5, almost exactly a year after he became the city’s mayor.
He began dating Escamilla, who Taveras said is from Providence, shortly after his inauguration and subsequent break-up with [a] longtime girlfriend…. Taveras said he and Escamilla were friends for more than four years before they began dating.
Although the baby was not planned, Taveras, 40, said he and his family are “really excited.” He and Escamilla don’t know the baby’s sex yet, and the mayor didn’t say whether marriage was in his future.
Obviously, Mayor Taveras is excited. Look, there are “oopses” in life, I get it, and he still has time to “make it right” as they used to say. I just don’t think he should get a pass for a lack of judgment and discretion.