Anthony Weiner to Step Down
1 year ago
Congressman finally admits to sexting
With word that Rep. Anthony D. Weiner is telling friends and Congressional leaders he will step down from office weeks after losing his political stature in a sexting Twitter scandal, only one question remains: What took him so long?
No amount of hubris on Weiner's part nor delay could wash away the stain he's caused to his reputation and the Democratic party. The fact that Weiner thought for even one moment that he could survive politically, after it was discovered that he was sending explicit photos of himself across the Internet to young women, is unbelievable.
It could be that eventually such behavior will be viewed by the public as a strictly personal situation. For example, now it isn't unusual for a politician to admit they puffed marijuana (i.e., Bill Clinton) or even admit that they used coke (i.e., Obama).
Weiner's problem is that he represents the first car on the Internet freak train and people simply aren't prepared to give him a pass. It also doesn't help that he is a newly married, soon-to-be father who swapped messages with a 17-year-old girl as well as a porn star.
But have no doubts that this won't be the last story of its kind. You can bet your last dollar that this is just the beginning.