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#1 Anthony 'Sexting' Weiner
The deceit Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed to on Monday began at least 11 months ago when, despite a fresh marriage, the congressman said he continued secretly exchanging messages and photos with other women online. He later lied about his double life to the public and media -- and may have encouraged others to do the same.
Former porn star Ginger Lee, one of the women with whom Weiner exchanged messages, provided emails to TMZ.com that she says show the congressman coached her to lie in public about their encounters and offered to have "someone on my team call," a move which could have violated House rules.
The former congressman left office two years ago amid a scandal in which he tweeted himself out of his job by sending a photo of his bulging underpants.
The museum exhibition is titled "Universe of Desire." It includes words from a Facebook exchange between Weiner and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer in which the Democrat touts his sexual prowess.
It started with the news that he was running for mayor (really?), only two years after quitting Congress in disgrace after flashing women on Twitter with photos of his crotch. Then it was the revelation in recent polls that he had grabbed the lead (huh?) or was tied for first with two other candidates (what?).
Mr. Weiner groveled briefly when the scandal broke, but today, like the dog with a gun in the “Far Side” cartoon, he’s through begging. He has made it clear that he has gotten the forgiveness he needs (his wife’s) and doesn’t need yours.
#2 Eliot Spitzer
(Spacing added by me)
Somehow, he’s become an unpopular governor careering from mess to mess. Allegations that his office used the state police to smear Joseph Bruno for misusing state aircraft (an affair known as Troopergate), and a doomed proposal to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, have compromised the brand. His head shot has appeared repeatedly in the Post over the words “dirty tricks.” Lou Dobbs spent a month ridiculing him on CNN.
The throngs of Wall Streeters who despised him for his unyielding prosecutions when he was attorney general have been joined by scores of affronted political professionals, whose egos, customs, or survival instincts demand that they indulge their negative reactions to his way of doing things.
Against Faso, he got sixty-nine per cent of the vote; a few weeks ago, a poll found that only twenty-five per cent would vote for him if an election were held today. The common perception—the dominant story line—is that Spitzer doesn’t have the collaborative temperament or the tactical elasticity to be a governor. To his critics, who complained that he exploited the attorney general’s office to gain the governor’s mansion, he was too political to be a prosecutor and yet is now too prosecutorial to be a politician.
The Spitzer Scandal: Lust Plus Pride
On a day of heavy ironies for one of America's most prominent and promising politicians, there was this: the prostitution ring that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer allegedly patronized was called the Emperors Club VIP. It was the governor's own imperial mien, after all, that will make this fall from grace particularly bruising.
Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the citywide office of comptroller and a wager that voters are ready to look past his previous misconduct.
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