If you don’t remember, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is that guy who, in 2011, tweeted obscene photos of himself to multiple women. At first he denied having ever sent the photos, claiming that his account had been hacked. However, he eventually admitted to the scandal, apologized, and resigned from Congress. Despite his profound apology, the fact that he attempted to lie his way out of a scandal lost him the trust of myriad voters and supporters.
Now, in May of 2013, Weiner has announced his plan to run for New York City mayor. The biggest questions on everyone’s minds are, “does he deserve a second chance?” “After two years can all just be forgiven?” Before the twitter extravaganza, Weiner was known as a hardworking, instinctive politician who passionately supported Democratic viewpoints. “Anybody who underestimates Anthony Weiner’s ambition is a fool. And anybody who underestimates his ability as a candidate is a fool” says retired Hunter College professor Kenneth Sherrill. Determined to make a comeback, Weiner has begun tirelessly campaigning around the city to win back the hearts of his former supporters. Regardless of his personal life, one must admit that he has already put together a legitimate game plan primarily intending to help out New York City’s middle class. His suggestions range from providing every public school student with a Kindle to expanding the city’s new law on paid sick leave to treating carriage horses more humanely.
It’s hard to determine how far Weiner will go in the mayoral election (it’s generally predicted that he’ll make it to at least the second round) and whether or not citizens will ever take him seriously. Although the New York Times recently published an article entitled “Weiner Hits Campaign Trail in Circuslike Outing,” students protested outside of his apartment building denouncing his proposal to easily suspend disruptive public school students, and in an NBC poll half of the people surveyed said they wouldn’t even consider him, there are an astonishing amount of people eager to have Weiner represent them once again. The same survey showed that more and more Democrats have a favorable impression of him, and many of his supporters claim that his political career and his personal life are mutually exclusive and should continue to stay that way.
In my opinion, I believe that one’s personal life and one’s political career are inevitably intertwined, and it’s ignorant to believe otherwise. I’m still unsure of whether or not I trust Anthony Weiner, and if I’d condone his election as New York City Mayor. His twitter scandal- and his decision to lie during the scandal- will always remain in the back of my mind. I’ll leave you with a quote from Weiner himself. He stated, “Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I’ve let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.” Would you give Weiner a second chance?