Anthony Weiner was just a congressman from New York City two years ago when he was taken down by a massive sexting scandal. For months, without the knowledge of his pregnant wife Huma Abedin or his constituents, Weiner had been sending racy messages to women, and he was finally done in by a photo of his nether regions that was accidentally tweeted out. AWKWARD.
Now, he wants your vote for mayor.
Weiner announced early Wednesday morning that he is going to run for mayor of New York City in a pretty moving video where he admits his mistakes, but also goes into just why he loves his city as much as he does. For all the joking about his issues, he makes some good points. See below:
Pretty good, right?
In it, he says:
Look, I made some big mistakes, and I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons.
Hey, why not believe him? People can change. I was the first one calling for Weiner's head (um, no pun intended) after the scandal. It wasn't because of what he did, but because of how he lied about it. If he would lie about that, what else? But I also believe in second chances.
It's possible that he has learned his lesson, and not for one second did anyone call into question how much he loves his city. His love for New York is palpable. Sure, he has an uphill battle. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leads Weiner by 10 points in a recent poll, but he is in second place. And he deserves a chance.
I live outside the city, so I can't vote for mayor. If I could, I would probably choose Quinn (who I love), but I also think he is worthy of a second look. Politicians have come back from way worse (look at Bill Clinton) and Abedin has clearly forgiven his transgressions long ago. If she can, why can't we?
Politicians are human. They make mistakes. I find it much more egregious when a man who preaches against gay marriage (and signs legislation against it) is found in bed with another man or when a man who talks about the importance of family is caught with a prostitute. Weiner lied, but he wasn't a hypocrite. He didn't promise his constituents one thing in public and deliver another in private.
I can forgive a mistake much more readily than I can forgive hypocrisy. Why not give him another chance, NYC? You mocked him. He has paid mightily for his mistake. Now let him move on.
Do you think Weiner deserves a second chance?
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