Anthony Weiner, who sexted pictures of his penis a couple of years ago, has boldly, bravely, declared that he could be the best possible new mayor of NYC.
In case you forgot the headlines, the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, often dubbed "Weinergate," began in May 2011, around the time that his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, was also in the news, as Hillary Clinton's personal assistant.
Democratic congressman Weiner tweeted a shot of himself with an erection to a girl, and accidentally tweeted it to all 45,000 of his followers. After calling it a lie, trying unsuccessfully to explain it away with various lies, Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011.
Today he's 48. He's been in therapy. He and his wife have Jordan now, a 13-month-old toddler.
Wife Huma Abedin recently told New York Time's interviewer, Jonathan Van Meter, "It took a lot of work, both mentally and in the way we engage with each other, for me to get to a place where I said: 'O.K., I'm in. I'm staying in this marriage.' Here was a man I respected, I loved, was the father of this child inside of me, and he was asking me for a second chance. And I'm not going to say that was an easy or fast decision that I made. It's been almost two years now. I did spend a lot of time saying and thinking, 'I don't understand.' And it took a long time to be able to sit on a couch next to Anthony and say, 'O.K., I understand and I forgive.' It was the right choice for me. I didn't make it lightly."
In the published New York Times Magazine article, announcing Weiner's plans to run for Mayor, Van Meter said, "How Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin stayed together through Weinergate is like most negotiations between couples, deeply complicated and in some ways unknowable. He has done a lot of work, on himself and his marriage, and he and Abedin, in the words of brother Jason Weiner, "Have been able to survive, maybe even thrive."
Anthony Weiner told Van Meter, "The scandal's shadow still lingers."
What do the polls say? Weiner is working with David Binder (Obama's longtime pollster), who reports that early polls are hopeful -- more than 40% say they would vote for Weiner, depending on what he promises to do as mayor. Financial reports show that Weiner has already spent about $100,000 on running for mayor -- he has $4.3 million left in the campaign fund he started months before the scandal.
Hey, it's great that he's back in the world. It's wonderful that Anthony and Huma's marriage is surviving, but gee...
This guy was way, way off his rocker. What he did wasn't just a simple mistake. He was shockingly off base. I won't lay words like "mentally ill" on it, but when someone attempts to commit suicide -- takes pills, slits a wrist -- (whatever brought on what Weiner did -- sexual need, deeply depressed state of mind) -- the person made a decision and did the deed.
No matter how many sessions Weiner's had with therapists since 2011, what he did doesn't disappear.
NYC needs an exceptionally strong, clear-headed person who can detach himself from what he FEELS, and make decisions based on information that he has about an issue. The mayor has to be a solidly stable grownup, who knows this is a right thing, and this is wrong thing, because it will affect millions of people.
I certainly couldn't support Weiner or vote for him.
What about you?