Mark Sanford runs for Tim Scott seat in U.S. House of Representatives

Mark Sanford runs for Tim Scott seat in the House of Representatives

If Mark Sanford Can Do It, Why Not Anthony Weiner?

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford placed his name in the running for the special election to fill the seat of Tim Scott in the House of Representatives.  Scott has been appointed to fill the vacant Senate seat of Jim DeMint who left mid-term for money.

Despite his lies to his wife and the people of the State of South Carolina, he won his party’s nomination.  He left office in shame, (well, obviously not much shame), after he told all concerned that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, when in fact he was in South America with his mistress.  But, Republicans don’t seem to care, they expect their politicians to act that way.

Now Anthony Weiner, former Democratic Congressman from New York, is hinting at a run for Mayor of New York City.  In 2011, after an inappropriate photo of himself showed up on twitter, he was constantly questioned by the media.  On June 6th he held a press conference admitting illicit communication with women on the social media.  He subsequently resigned.

Hints of a comeback are the result of a poll engineered by Obama’s pollster, David Binder.  He has spent more than 100,000 dollars, and filed with the  city’s Campaign Finance Board.

“There was this sense of ‘Yeah, he made a mistake. Let’s give him a second chance. But there are conditions on that, and there are a couple of things we’re going to want to know: What have you been doing since this incident occurred? Did you learn anything from this mistake? How did you deal with it?’ They want to know that they’ve put it behind them,” Binder said, according to a New York Times piece.

The lengthy Times piece told how he and his wife Huma Abedin, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attempted to stay out of the limelight over the past two years, until now.

“By agreeing to be interviewed, Weiner and Abedin would seem to be trying to give voters what they want, and gauge public reaction,” stated the article, written by Jonathan Van Meter.

“We didn’t want to make other people uncomfortable,” Abedin said, “but also, we just didn’t want to deal with it. I have now gotten used to people asking, over and over again, ‘How is Anthony?’ Oh, he’s good! ‘But how is he doing?’ He’s doing fine.”

“We have been in a defensive crouch for so long,” Weiner added. “We are ready to clear the decks on this thing.”

If he decides to enter the race, he’ll face some stiff competition.  Christine Quinn, Speaker of the City Council is well known to be the Democratic front runner.  If she was elected, she would be both the first female, and first openly gay Mayor of New York City.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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