By now, you’ve no doubt seen the video of NY Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s bizarre press conference yesterday. (If you haven’t, you can watch the entire video, including the Q&A after his statement, here.) Weiner admitted that he sent the now infamous underwear photo, among other things.
As an avid user of Twitter, I have seen over and over messages in people’s timelines that were supposed to be direct messages to another person. It happens.
At the same time, I’ve seen stuff tweeted intentionally that contains language that is generally not acceptable in polite company. I’ve often wondered how it is that people can be so potty-mouthed in a public space. How do they actually type those words? What goes through their minds when they upload those racy pictures?
If anyone should know better it should be an elected representative. They know that every move is scrutinized. All the more reason to be circumspect in public, despite what others may be doing. I can’t believe Weiner didn’t know that.
His bigger problem, like so many before him, is that he lied about what he had done. Not once, not twice, but multiple times over the course of a week or so once the tweet became public. His willingness to do interview after interview, saying his account had been hacked, speaks directly to his character.
Surely he’s heard the old saying, “Whatever happens in the dark will eventually come into the light.”
Yes, Weiner has been a progressive voice on issues like health care – and I applaud him for that. But his behavior, at least in my mind, calls into question his fitness to serve. I am well aware that no one is perfect; I am well aware that power is a tremendous aphrodisiac; and I am well aware that many of those drawn to public service have egos the size of the Grand Canyon. Weiner fits the bill perfectly.
The voters in his district will be the ones to decide if Weiner’s flaws are greater than his benefits. Thank goodness I’m not one of them.Follow @vpaige