USA Today is reporting:
Former congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., said he would not quit his race for mayor of New York City, despite acknowledging that he continued to send women inappropriate online messages after a sexting scandal forced him to resign from Congress in 2011.
Say what you want about Weiner, but he’s perceptive, saying that the messages revealed “don’t represent all that much that is new.” A powerful politician running around on his wife, and her forgiving him, only for him to continue on in his philandering and career? Yeah, nothing new here.
Monogamy isn’t for everyone. Studies show it’s hardest for high-income, high-power males. Why do we require monogamy of our politicians? Why doesn’t Anthony just ask for an open marriage, and go public with an arrangement that works for him? Clearly I don’t care, and no one else should, who Anthony sexts with. It has no bearing on his leadership. However, his ability to be honest with himself, his wife, and his constituents does have bearing on his leadership. I am not one to believe someone who lies about one thing is likely to be honest about everything else.
Maybe Anthony is in the closet about his preference for non-monogamy because there’s still so much stigma around it. But he’s making it worse, because people like him cause other people to associate non-monogamy with cheating and lying. We need more role models who are capable of being honest about who they are, what they need and how they live.
Mark Sanford proved that voters are willing to forgive men who have trouble keeping it in their pants. When will we be ready to accept a politician who’s honest and upfront about it?