A couple of years ago Anthony Weiner’s political career looked to be all but over with a sexting scandal. In addition to sending explicit texts to college students while being a married congressman, when the news came out about it he lied. After numerous women came forward, he finally admitted to having taken and sent the photos and eventually resigned from politics.
This spring however, Weiner dipped his foot back into the political pool by entering the New York City mayoral race. Some, even from his own party, didn’t think he should run, but he has been polling well. That is until this week. It seems that Weiner is back at it again. Even after claiming to be a changed man, he has continued his sexual messaging via Facebook under his
porn star screen name Carlos Danger (the best part of the story, in my opinion).
Again, there is an outcry that he stepped down from the mayoral race. So far, he has refused to do so saying this is old news and his wife has forgiven him.
My mind is blown by this. Beyond this behavior while married – I’m not married to him, beyond him sending explicit pictures of himself – to each his own, beyond him having lied about it in the first place – of course he did, I just can’t understand how this seemingly smart man can be so incredibly stupid to do this very private thing AGAIN in such a public way. I mentioned this last time, but it’s worth mentioning again…When you are communicating in this particular way electronically (via phone, tablet, or computer) is it really possible to keep it private. After the news came out in 2011, you’d think this guy would stop or, if he just couldn’t help himself, to at least know to keep it off line.
While many see scandals in one’s personal life as the end of a public personality’s career, I’ve always viewed it as none of my business. I don’t necessarily think that poor judgment at home means poor judgment in the workplace. Heck, we’ve all done stupid things personally that don’t bleed into our work life. But for this one, I’m kind of on the fence. Part of me thinks that this needs to remain a private matter for him and his wife, and it doesn’t necessarily make him unsuitable for mayor. On the other hand, there’s something about being deceitful and kind of yucky, to be honest, on multiple occasions that makes me feel like maybe he’s lost his chance to be mayor.
If Weiner stays in the race, it’ll be interesting to see what side of the fence the people of NYC end up on.