Have Disgraced Candidates Turned NYC Into a Laughingstock?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it during a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City on June 6, 2011. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), at a press conference in New York on Monday, admits to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman over Twitter and then lying about it. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

With ex-politicians Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and Vito Lopez all eyeing spots on the ballot this fall, some wonder whether politics in New York City has become a punchline to the rest of the country.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins quipped that it would be "nice if we had some normal people in office" — but said scandal and New York City politics is nothing new.

“We come and we go from the Twilight Zone,” she said, referencing the city's checkered political past. “There have been many incarnations over the years.”

To hear a full interview with Collins, click audio above.


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Comments [6]

Joel Barsky from Manhattan

What disturbs me about these guys (Weiner,Spitzer, and Lopez) is that whatever we've heard publicly is only what's been exposed. Transgressions such as theirs usually have more there than what's revealed. Each of them has betrayed the public trust and I don't want to see or hear them any more. And the ironic thing is: I agree with most of their politics. But they come with so much baggage and so much of our time is spent listening to them apologize, and, frankly, I think they're full of it. It's their egos doing all the talking and they should take their pill and stay disappeared from the public. Let's get some new blood in to the city. Yes, it makes us look ridiculous.

Jul. 11 2013 01:15 PM
Nicole from Brooklyn

I agree with all. I find it absurd. I mean, it is one thing to not let someone's personal life and decision's be a factor in deciding if they are effective and good leaders- to a point! However, I find these transgressions particularly egregious, and in the case of Mr. Weiner, just flat out juvenile, weird, and like a "pig" as someone else referred to him.
WHY is it ok that these MEN get away with this? Apologize, the wives keep them around, and then a few years later they'd like to play a role in our lives? No thanks. Ms. Quinn would never be given such permission.

Jul. 11 2013 12:38 PM
Robert from Manhattan

Wont vote for Quinn because she's responsible for Bloombergs third term.
Wont vote for Weiner because he's a pig.
Wont vote for Spitzer because he's dispicable. Had 19 million dollars for his campaign for Gov agains Souzzi's 1 million and still he locked him out of the primary process.

They dont disgrace NY or NY'ers unless they re-election them. The definately disgraced themselves and their families.

Jul. 11 2013 11:09 AM
russell from Rockland County

It is the NY voters that are the reason NY city and state are a laughing stock. The sexploits were only the beginning, it was the outright lying that followed that should cause more people to speak out against these types of candidates. However, this is the state that reelected a convicted felon, Alan Hevesi, a mere three months after his conviction.

Jul. 11 2013 08:43 AM
Brenda from New York City

I worry that the sexploits of these two NYC candidates are hijacking the media coverage of the candidates with (if you'll pardon the expression) less exposure.

Jul. 11 2013 07:08 AM
JoAnn Vincent from Fair Haven , NJ

Can't NYC come up with better candidates? It's not funny. It's an embarrassment.

Jul. 11 2013 07:02 AM

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