I see what he’s trying to do here, of course, but his words come across as so transparently phony and absurd it’s hard not to feel a little bit bad for him. “[T]his [race] isn’t about me,” he claims with a straight face. “It’s about New Yorkers.” Huh?
This race from the beginning has always been about him. Why else would he be running for mayor of New York City two years after he resigned from the House of Representatives in disgrace? Ambition seems to be the driving force behind his candidacy, not an insatiable desire to help his fellow man. Remember, he chose to run for public office even after maintaining inappropriate relationships online for months after tendering his resignation, and knowing full well more “allegations” were likely to come out, thus further embarrassing him and his family and jeopardizing any hopes he might have for citywide office. Naturally, he ran anyway. What did he expect would happen? Is he surprised he’s plummeting in the polls and his campaign manager is long gone?
I don’t believe Anthony Weiner is a bad guy. And if his wife has forgiven him, well, more power to him. Frankly, it’s none of my business. But we shouldn’t necessarily trust him in positions of power ever again. Of course, I’m not really sure if he entered the race with the expectation he’d win, or if he just wanted another chance to bask in the limelight to boost his ego. Either way, he seems to be doing irreparable damage to his reputation.
Does he not see that?