Watch a Former NYC School Teacher Question Anthony Weiner About His Moral Authority

Anthony Weiner’s ship is sinking fast. Everyone knows it, though Weiner himself seems convinced that he’s still in the game. Still, his campaign manager just quit, and his numbers have bottomed out. His wife, Huma Abedin, is sticking beside her husband—which she has every right to do—but few others seem excited to stand by the man at the heart of (another) scandal.

So when former teacher Peg Brunda confronted him publicly on Friday in front of news crews, no one necessarily expected that she was there to give him a pat on the back. And she didn’t. But she did raise a really compelling question about political power and expectations surrounding it. She said:

“As a former New York City Department of Education employee—21 years as a teacher, 9 years as an assistant principal—had I conducted myself in the manner in which you conducted yours, my job would have been gone.”

She goes on to say,

“I don’t quite understand how you feel you would have the moral authority as the head administrator in this city to oversee employees when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct expected of us.”

Microphone drop.

Kidding, she didn’t have a mike. But she does make an interesting argument. Why aren’t politicians held to the same, or at least comparable, standards as public school teachers and administrators? They’re all receiving taxpayers’ money, and while it’s true that teachers are overseeing the lives of children, it’s also true that the mayor of New York City, whoever that may be, might need to exercise some personal constraint.

At the very least, Brunda makes a sound assertion that a politician with a history of self-control issues may not be the best leader for city employees whose livelihoods depend on living by higher standards.

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