Anthony Weiner has declared that he is running for Mayor of New York. You’ll no doubt remember him. He’s the former Congressman who sent compromising photos of himself via text message, then lied about what he had done and kept stringing out the lie, to an increasingly skepticism, until finally he was forced to admit the truth and resign.
He says he’s learned his lesson, and he wants to get back into the fray and fight for the people of New York. But why would any voter want to pull the lever for a politician who showed such contempt for voters that he stuck to obvious falsehoods until it no longer become possible? Who would believe him?
The New York Daily News story linked above says that Weiner may be a formidable candidate, because he has lots of money left over from his campaign war chest when he resigned from Congress. I refuse to believe that money is going to cause voters to forget that this is the same guy who was serving in an important office only two years ago when he decided that lying to the electorate was in his best interest. I hope I’m not wrong.
As far as Weiner himself goes, I think his decision to run for Mayor is pathetic. If he had any class, he would retreat to a private life — but the pathetic thing is that he can’t. Whether it is because he has nothing else that he really can do, or because he craves the limelight, or because he has a war chest and figures he may as well spend it, Weiner can’t resist opening himself and his wife up to intense ridicule. He deserves it, but his wife doesn’t. If he had any class and decency, he would recognize that. That he apparently doesn’t recognize it also says something important about why this guy should never be the Mayor of a major American city.