Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Weiner Schnitzeled: Why Anthony Weiner Should Resign
By now, I'm sure that you've read that Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York admitted yesterday that he sent lewd photographs and has had other lewd contact with females he met online. The Congressman did not resign. I think he should have. What private citizens do is one thing, but you become an employee of the people when you raise your hand and take the Oath of Office. It is up to you to make sure that how you conduct yourself represents the best of what people could expect.
Unfortunately, it also brings up the pitfalls of social networking. Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites have changed the ability of citizens to get in touch with their legislators and other elected officials. However, as the Weiner case underlines, everything you do online CAN and may SOMEDAY come back to haunt you. This is a reality for any of us that live a lot of our lives on the internet.
It's also a big reason why people don't want to run for public office. Had Anthony Weiner done any of this as a private citizen; it definitely would not have been page one news. It would have been an embarrassing private incident between Anthony and Huma, his wife. Instead, it's now splashed all over the headlines and the blogs.
Weiner is being irresponsible not only to the constituents in his district but to his family by not resigning. If he thinks that those on the right like Andrew Breitbart are going to stop trying to track down every lascivious e-mail, tweet, and electronic communique between Rep. Weiner and these women, then he is wrong. These people will not quit in their efforts to destroy him. By opening the door, he has let them barge into his life, and they are not going away. The best thing for him to do would have been just simply to say, I quit. He walks away...just for now. Perhaps the story is knocked down a few pages.
Now, I don't think it will be. The story and the digging will continue.