Isabella Penola

commented on The Insignificance of Anthony's Weiner 2013-08-10 01:18:35 -0400 · Flag
I don’t believe it’s an either/or situation, that we should care only about his failings in private life or his public policy. To me, it’s more of an issue because he’s betraying trust and destroying lives within his own family, and if he can break something so sacred as a marital vow as easily as this, then what’s to say he won’t do something as equally dishonest and immoral while in public service? What he does privately reflects what he will do publicly.

Should a sexting scandal immediately and automatically disqualify a candidate from running for office? I don’t believe so. I think this is something that should be judged on a case-to-case basis. Am I saying a politician needs to be perfect in order to run? Absolutely not — that’s impossible. But I do believe some sort of basis of morality and honesty is needed (and this is the second time a Weiner sexting scandal has come to light like this, so he obviously didn’t learn his lesson). We’re trusting our elected officials to do as they promise and uphold the principles and policies that we voted them in to uphold. If he can’t care enough about his own family that he so carelessly breaks the vow he made to his wife, I’m a bit worried what he’ll do about the promises he makes to a bunch of faceless constituents.

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