WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) once again went before the microphones and admitted that yes, he was a naughty boy, sending sexually explicit messages and photos over the Internet to still another young woman.
But, hey, New Yorkers, elect me mayor of New York City anyway. Is he kidding? Give us a break.
Weiner’s sexting was shameful the first time he got caught in in 2011 and was finally forced to admit that he was sending graphic photos of his crotch in his tightie-whities to a college student. After days of public humiliation, he at last resigned from Congress, and everyone, including Democrats, said, “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”
But Weiner didn’t go away so easily and popped back up in People Magazine last summer with his lovely wife, Huma Abedon, and baby son, all contrite, reformed and beaming. Then came the puff piece in the New York Times Magazine again about the new Anthony Weiner with an adoring Huma by his side. All of it as prelude for announcing his run for mayor of the greatest city in America, New York.
Immediately the gag reflex set in: Oh, God, please no, not Anthony Weiner. Spare us. And then we thought, Not to worry. New Yorkers will just kick him to the curb.
But it was not to be and suddenly there was Weiner, beaming at subway entrances, embracing little old ladies, holding town meetings, looking the voters in the eye and basically saying, “I’m a new man.”
And guess what? New Yorkers bought his malarkey, hook, line and sinker. Weiner shot up in the polls, even toppling the Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn to second place. His smugness and arrogance was on full display: he was almost licking his chops at the thought of winning the Democratic primary.
The Bad Boy of Politics had been forgiven. He was redeemed by the people of New York. Most of us, especially those of us who had lived in New York for decades, shook our heads and were outraged. What were our fellow New Yorkers thinking? Or were they even thinking?
And then came the bombshell Tuesday evening, the one we all knew had to come. Weiner and Huma went before the cameras and he said that he had lied, that he had still been sexting this time under the alias of Carlos Danger, even after his so-called rehabilitation and all those glowing articles about him as a reformed family man. Weiner admitted he had been sexting through last summer, but when pressed by a reporter, he couldn’t exactly say when he had stopped.
If he had lied before, why were we to think he stopped last summer or ever stopped?
Sure he trotted out his wife Huma as a prop at his news conference and she made a difficult statement about standing by her husband. But it was embarrassing and painful to watch this professional woman (she has worked for Hillary Clinton since 1996), gulping back tears, read a statement in which she said, “Anthony’s made some horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after, but I do believe that is between us and our marriage.”
“We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor. So really, what I want to say is I love him; I have forgiven him; I believe in him; and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”
But do we want to move forward? Enough is enough.
Get out of the race, Anthony Weiner, and take your problems with you. You may claim that now this is “all behind you” and you have the love a good woman to keep you on the straight and narrow. But we don’t believe you. You sold us the Brooklyn Bridge one time too many.
And if New Yorkers wake from their summer snooze, they will realize the same thing and wave bye-bye to the Weiner.
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