What Now for Unemployed Weiner?

Cable TV, Clinton foundation could be options for shamed congressman
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
What Now for Unemployed Weiner?
Anthony Weiner returns home after he announced his resignation from Congress yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – This is a tough time to be out of a job, and it's never a good time to be a national laughingstock, so what now for Anthony Weiner? The congressman, who resigned yesterday, has held elected office since 1991, but the chances of him getting another job in politics any time soon seem slim indeed. Still, analysts say the public can be remarkably forgiving of sex scandals and Weiner, like Eliot Spitzer, could resurface a relatively short time after his downfall.

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"It's not like Weiner killed anyone here," a PR exec who specializes in crisis management tells the Wall Street Journal. "He's not a pedophile. He's got a couple loose screws. He goes into rehab, goes into a submarine for a few years, he can come back out." Some people close to Weiner believe he may end up working as a commentator on cable TV or using his connection to the Clintons to find a position with Bill Clinton's foundation, where he'll have a boss who's no stranger to sex scandals himself. (Read more Anthony Weiner resignation stories.)

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