Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Anthony Weiner

Poor Anthony Weiner, the democrat congressmen from Queens in New York. First he lied and then he admitted he lied about sending a lewd photograph of himself via Twitter to a woman on the Internet.

What was he thinking? A twitter account? Certainly “twit” comes to mind, but beyond that, here is a seven-term congressman admitting to sending inappropriate photos to several women over three years.

This kind of behavior has been going on in congressional lives since I can remember and I go back to covering the hill in 1969. I remember congressman Wilber Mills and his assignations with stripper Fanny Fox back in 1974.

 A blog by Paul Jenks, LLRX.com published in May of 2006 puts it succinctly.

“Congressional scandals and cries of corruption are as old as Congress. In fact I submit the proposition that there has never been a single day in the history of the Congress that there has not been some scandal, corruption probe, or embarrassing Congressional peccadillo being bandied about town. The recipe for scandal and corruption is very simple and all the ingredients are always in the Congressional pantry. Take 535 people, predominantly men, give them some power and prestige, put them in Washington, DC, often away from stabilizing family influences, give them some money and presto! You have everything you need for scandal and corruption, or at least salacious misbehavior.”

Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Abedin and Weiner were married less than a year ago.

Weiner says he won’t resign; that remains to be seen.

Congressmen, both in the House and Senate, need to be above reproach. They, these elected representative of us, need to set the standard for the country in ethics, in morals, in behavior, in honesty, and in the utterings of truth.

Without these attributes our leaders are nothing more than spoiled souls who think their elected privilege allows prurient behavior without reproach and that an apology will suffice for blatant public lies.

I don’t think so!

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