The New York City mayoral race just keeps getting better. Even though I’m not from New York City, you just can’t help but get sucked into the vortex of politics and scandal.
This week has seen the entrance of a new mayoral candidate – Carlos Danger. Carlos Danger you say? Who is that? Carlos Danger, my friends, is Anthony Weiner’s alias in his creepy sexting alternate universe. That’s right folks, Carlos Danger. You can’t make this stuff up.
The insanity of New York City politics these days has been delight to the headline writers of the New York Post and the late night talk shows:
It should, however, be both appalling and frightening to voters.
The first question that comes to mind is: are guys like Weiner and Spitzer (because you can’t leave Spitzer out of a story like this) the best we can find to run for office? As of a few days ago, these morally bankrupt sickening guys were leading in the polls. Is this what politics had come to? Must we settle for candidates like these?
The second question is what drives politicians like Weiner and Spitzer to seek office again after resigning in disgrace? Is it power, fame, lack of a better option? It certainly isn’t money, at least not in the immediate sense (leaving aside how politicians often cash in once they leave office). Whatever drives them is obviously powerful enough to overcome any hesitance to put their families through the shame and disgrace they endured the first time around.
Guys like Weiner and Spitzer have no business acting as representatives of the people. Spitzer is a criminal (yes it is a crime to hire hookers everywhere other than Nevada). And Weiner, to quote CBS’ Bob Scheiffer (as reported by HuffPost Live), is a modern day flasher:
For once, I wish sleazy politicians would actually put the good of their constituents over their personal ambitions. Here’s to hoping Weiner and Spitzer leave their respective races so New Yorkers can have a serious campaign about many of the serious issues facing the city.
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