Saddened And Discouraged By ‘Weinergate’
The Wave has supported Congressman Anthony Weiner in his past elections because we believed in him, that he was one politician who knew what he wanted and told the plain truth. Like many other constituents, we are now saddened and discouraged by Weiner’s admission that he had Blackberry sex with several women, even at the time he was beginning married life. When the news of his long-range peccadilloes first broke on a right wing blog, we, like many others, dismissed the report. “He couldn’t be that stupid,” we thought. When he said that his Twitter account was compromised, we agreed that must be the reason, arguing that the new media has dangers as well as benefits. Then, as he gave his tearful news conference on Monday afternoon, we stood transfixed, watching one of our favorite local politicians disintegrate in front of our eyes. It was not pretty. Should Weiner resign over his sexting activities? We don’t think so. There are many politicians, some local, who are under investigation for abusing their office for personal profit. What Weiner did, while reprehensible, does not rise to the level necessary for censure and impeachment. He made a grave error in judgment. After some prevarication, he made amends to his constituents on national television. He could do no more. Let him continue to serve those constituents with renewed vigor and prove his worth as a legislator.