For Weiner, It's Change or Resign

If he runs for mayor, tabloids won't let him forget this
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2011 1:47 PM CDT
US Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., reacts during a news conference in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – There’s a strong argument that politicians in general shouldn’t resign in the wake of sex scandas, writes Steve Kornacki of Salon: “Sure, life is hell for a few days—or even a few weeks—and it seems like the media will never stop covering you, but then … they eventually do.” And Anthony Weiner could probably win reelection, assuming his district isn’t cut up in redistricting. But there’s a strong argument that Weiner should probably pack it in anyway.

“Consider that Weiner has really only been using his congressional seat for two reasons: 1) to position himself to run for mayor of New York City; and 2) to play the role of wisecracking, Republican-bashing cable news all-star,” Kornacki observes. “And now, he can’t do either.” Weiner would have to just keep his head down and legislate—and he’s shown “little interest in the nuts-and-bolts work that comes with serving in Congress.” Click for the full column.

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