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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Run for the hills, Mr. Weiner

Last week, Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and current candidate in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, admitted that the sexual incidents that ended his congressional career never really ended.


They didn’t end even after Weiner admitted his mistakes to his constituents, the people of New York City and, more important, his wife.


In fact, a full year after he and his wife decided to put the past behind them and work on their marriage, Weiner was still exchanging racy online messages with a number of women, not just the woman that ended his congressional career.


Listen, no one’s perfect. And, sadly in politics, these types of salacious stories are all too common. People, especially New Yorkers, are disgusted with politicians. Who can blame them?


But Weiner refuses to step out of the public eye and, instead, rather arrogantly, has decided to charge forward and continue his run for mayor. It’s a sad commentary. This is the greatest city in the world. Its mayor has one of the most difficult municipal jobs in the country. People all around the world admire our city. It requires steadfast leadership from a man or woman with the upmost integrity.

Enough is enough.

Weiner has insisted that this is a private matter, but let’s be real. This is a very public campaign — nothing is private. What Mr. Weiner did not once, but several times, over and over again, is unjustifiable.


Remember when he was caught the first time, while he was still in Congress? He tried to cover the whole thing up and say that his account was hacked. How can people put their trust in him? He has not once, but twice concealed things from them.


He wants people to believe that he has their best interests at heart — that he, the person who wants to be in charge of their public safety, the education of their children, their livelihoods, is really trustworthy.


Weiner admitted that his behavior was wrong after he was caught the first time. People may be willing to give politicians second chances, and maybe he deserved a second chance, but a third? For the same sick acts that got him in trouble in the first place? His wife’s forgiveness doesn’t even matter if he did it again.

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