Yesterday it was revealed that disgraced former Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner has continued to engage in the same, sick behavior that got him into trouble in 2011. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed that he was engaged in all sorts of salacious activity, which came to light after he accidentally tweeted a lewd picture of himself. Weiner apparently sought therapy and marriage counseling and had worked through his problems, or so we were told.
A gossip website has revealed explicit messages that have been confirmed to be that of Anthony Weiner (his nickname: Carlos Danger) and were sent to a 22 year old woman. They were apparently sent after his scandal erupted in 2011, causing him to resign from Congress. Some estimate that this behavior went well into August 2012. In other words, the guy continued to engage in the same, sleazy behavior while leading the rest of us to believe that he had changed. His reaction to the newest revelations was something to the effect of, “I'm surprised more things didn't out sooner.” Like that is supposed to make us feel any better?
He held a press conference yesterday along with his wife Huma Abedin. Weiner says that he is staying in the race for New York City mayor and Huma says that she is standing by her husband, that she loves him and that she has forgiven him. I'm just not quite sure how that is possible, but then there are a lot of things I apparently don't understand. I don't understand people who feel compelled to engage in this type of behavior to begin with, and then I really don't understand how people feel that they can do these things and then run for public office. The public doesn't owe them a second chance, and I truly hope that New Yorkers shun rather than embrace this guy. The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal – A whole host of papers have called on Weiner to drop out of the race. If he doesn't, then it will be up to the people of New York to decide. Before this scandal came to light, Weiner was leading in the polls.
We have enough important issues to worry about in this country without allowing Anthony Weiner's perverted habits to distract us. But the brazenness of his actions is disturbing and should give us pause into who is really deserving of public office. Are we electing people to represent us, or are we electing people based on a sick fascination with their personal failures?