Anthony Weiner apparently just can't avoid being a punchline.
The embattled New York mayoral candidate, whose previous career as a congressman was derailed when he confessed to a variety of sexting incidents, is making headlines again as new sex-related texts were revealed earlier this week.
Weiner is playing down the latest controversy, stating that "I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have." But the fact that the new exchanges were made after he resigned from Congress, underwent therapy and vowed to re-devote himself to his family only reveals that his initial contrition was flawed.
However, Weiner continues to campaign to become mayor of America's largest city, and he's become the poster boy for politicians seeking office regardless of their scandalous behaviour. Eliot Spitzer is running to become New York City Comptroller despite having resigned as New York's governor in 2008 for patronizing prostitutes. And just earlier this week, Alberta MLA Mike Allen refused to resign his position despite being charged with paying for prostitutes in Minnesota.
Anything is possible. Marion Berry was re-elected as mayor of Washington, D.C. despite spending time in jail for smoking crack during his tenure. Even with the new allegations, polls show Weiner in first place in the first round of the Democratic primary.
"I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York," Weiner said yesterday. "I hope they are willing to still continue to give me a second chance."
So here's our question: Would you vote for Anthony Weiner?
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