My husband and I live in New Jersey, close enough to New York City that when Terry goes to the local convenience store for coffee, he can also buy the New York Post. He loves the paper’s clever, double entendre headlines and pull-no-punches stories. So when he heard Anthony Weiner was going to run for mayor of New York, he was thrilled. “I can’t wait to get the paper,” he chortled. “It will be full of Weiner jokes!”
Yesterday the news broke—Anthony Weiner was at it again, sexting women he never met.
He held a press conference declaring that his behavior was wrong, it was behind him, and he was still a candidate for New York City mayor. His wife Huma Abedin was by his side. She read a statement, saying she loved and believed in her husband, forgave him, and they were moving forward.
By the time the 10-minute press conference was over, I was furious. Anthony Weiner glossed over his atrocious behavior as if it were as insignificant as jaywalking. The man had no shame, no remorse. I’ll bet that the only reason he apologized was because as a candidate, he had to.
I’m not sure what to make of Huma Abedin. She was obviously uncomfortable during the press conference. So either she feels trapped by her marriage to Weiner, and the fact that they have a child, or she is also a political animal willing to tolerate her husband’s infidelity as part of a quest for power. Frankly, I hope she leaves Weiner.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner
Then there’s the mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner. On Monday, his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. And apparently McCormack is just one of many women that Filner allegedly harassed. It was so bad that the mayor’s deputy chief of staff told him he needed “extreme therapy,” and many political supporters abandoned him.
For his part, Filner admits he has a problem, but says McCormack’s claims are untrue.
San Diego mayor: I think claims in sex harass suit untrue, on CBSNews.com.
Even though we loved Weiner jokes, this is no longer funny. The sense of entitlement, recklessness, and hubris of these two men is appalling. One way or another, they both need to vacate the mayor’s office.