I'm pretty certain that many New Yorkers are getting sick of the Anthony Weiner saga. Was it just Tuesday that he held a hastily arranged press conference to admit, with his wife by his side that his sexting to women he'd never met continued even after he resigned from Congress? Anthony Weiner has accomplished one thing, however. He's made the New York mayoral race, and his place in it, national news, and the butt of more than a few late night tv jokes.
The newspaper demands that he quit running seem to roll off his back. So too the questions about his temperament and fitness to hold the second toughest job in America. Anthony Weiner seems prepared to take his run to the bitter end, whenever that turns out to be. Before the final judgment of voters (the only one that counts, really), some questions ought to be asked.
Successful politicians aren't always the smartest people in the room whether we're talking book or street smarts. What they usually are is politically smart. For a long time, I thought Anthony Weiner was very politically smart, even after he quit Congress. I welcomed his entry to the mayoral race, primarily because I'm a small "d" democrat (meaning the more people who ran, the merrier), and I thought his universal healthcare plan was brilliant.
Yet peel away the onion of Weiner's latest troubles, and push aside the snark, and questions about why his wife stays with him, and you come to one, seemingly unanswerable question. Why would someone as politically smart as Anthony Weiner trust that a 22 year old high school dropout hungry for her 15 minutes of fame would keep his dirty little secret?
If, as alleged, there's more to come in the way of lewd texts from "Carlos Danger", one wonders whether his run can survive. I went on record as saying I thought he'd drop out, despite his assertions he'll stay. The latest "Q" poll, taken before the scandal broke, had him in front, four points ahead of Council Speaker Christine Quinn. If the next poll shows heavy slippage, can he soldier on, even if his fundraising dries up?
What do you think? Will Weiner stay or will he go? You tell me.
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