I love New York. It’s a cool place to visit, a great place to soak in some culture and a wonderful place to get your shop on.
I’m a news junkie, so I follow politics in several major cities, including Detroit, Newark and New York. So here’s my verdict on New York Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, the candidate best known for being caught “sexting” not once but twice. It’s time to get out of the race.
Weiner, who continues to embarrass himself and his wife, recently earned the dastardly designation of New York’s most unpopular politician. His unfavorable rating, according to a recent poll, is a whopping 80 percent.
Yet Weiner keeps on running, saying he won’t quit because, that’s not how New Yorkers roll. Really now. When you got caught the first time, you claimed to have worked to heal your marriage. You said you received counseling for your problem of texting women to talk about sex. Your wife professed her love and devotion. And how did you repay her? You got caught up again. Loyalty has its limits. So does standing by your man. The only people who want you to stay in the mayor’s race now are late night comics and political cartoonists. Let’s face it, you’re a great source of material.
When former President Bill Clinton got caught up in blue dress gate, he looked straight into the television cameras, waved his fingers and lied to the world about having a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. At the time, many people said they didn’t care what he did in private. If his wife was okay with it, who were we to judge what a man does in private?
When a man can lie to and cheat on his wife, his judgement and character must be called into question. Yes people make mistakes. When public officials lie to cover up those mistakes, that’s a problem. In the ensuing months, President Clinton spent a good bit of his time dealing with the fallout of his indiscretions. During that time, national security could have been threatened. Because of his affair and his attempt at covering it up, he wasn’t totally focused on his job as leader of the free world.
The same is true for Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit’s former mayor. His affair with his chief of staff and the coverup that followed, costs his struggling city millions. It also cost him his freedom and his family his presence. When sex scandals involving public figures erupt, I always think about the children who are harmed by them. Some of the spouses know what is happening and chose to accept it. They have an “arrangement.” Their children have no such luxury. They must watch and listen as their parents are lambasted in public. They must deal with the stares and insensitive comments of classmates. If their parents end up going to jail, they lose even more.
Ironically, Weiner’s wife has strong ties to Hillary Clinton, who is considering a run for president in 2016. Huma Abedin is one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers. The women are reportedly close and Clinton no doubt gives her advice on keeping her sanity and family intact.
If Weiner cares about his family and the city New York as much as he says he does, he should exit the race he has no chance of winning. He may still be able to win back the trust and respect of his family.