Serving seven consecutive terms, Anthony Weiner, good friends with and political allies to the Clintons, was once a highly respected member of Congress from New York City, he seen as a man sticking up for the every day person. That all changed in June, 2011 when he was forced to resign in disgrace after admitting that he did tweet lewd "headless" photos of himself from his public Twitter account to women he met online, and that it was not the work of a hacker or that the photos were of someone else. At the time, his wife Huma Abedin, herself a key aide to Hillary Clinton, was pregnant with their first child, she who decided to stand by her man. Two years later with Abedin still by his side, Weiner tries to resurrect his political career in a run for New York City mayor. He realizes that he has an uphill battle not only because of the known previously tweeted photos, but that there are other lewd photos from that era that may also come to light during the campaign. Regardless of the ...Written by
Anthony Weiner was a young congressman on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Just two years later, he ran for Mayor of New York City, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. He was wrong.
Written by Tom Paul and Alex Harvey
Produced by Tom Paul
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Some time ago I watched the terrific French film "Ridicule." The French aristocracy's main form of entertainment was to fool someone in the "lower class" into joining their parties and, at first, let them think that they have been invited to the parties because of their wit and charm -- only to be humiliated, mocked, and scorned. Ridiculing someone was their ultimate pleasure. There have always been bullies.
This movie was well done, but I have no idea why Weiner would subject himself and his wife to this terrible humiliation. I blame him for wanting to do this. Maybe he thought it would help restore his political career. I fault myself for watching his fall from grace because I knew about his story already. It was morbid curiosity and I felt ashamed of myself. We Americans seem obsessed with famous people's personal lives.
Humiliation is a terrible experience. His name will be associated with his indiscretions for a long time. His wife and son are collateral damage. I feel sorry for that family and hope they heal. This feels like his last chance and he needs to get psychiatric help with his seeming need to destroy himself. Anthony is not a bad man. He made his political career the center of who he was. He liked the fame. The fall was long and steep.
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