When Weiner, the disgraced former congressman, and Spitzer, the disgraced former governor, announced their plans to resurrect their political careers, they undoubtedly viewed being elected, respectively, as New York City mayor and comptroller as a steppingstone back into the national spotlight.
Immediately after their splashy entrances into previously ho-hum contests, both Weiner and Spitzer soared in polls. Stories about how the American public — or at least New York City voters — had moved beyond caring about what politicians did in their private lives were rampant.
Not quite. Revelations that Weiner had not stopped the sexting that drove him from Congress turned a story of redemption and second chances into a tawdry novel no one wanted to read. Spitzer’s once-sizable lead over Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer disappeared amid searing attacks against the former governor’s ethics. “Integrity and high ethical standards, maybe it is out of fashion, but it’s how he rolls,” a Stringer spokeswoman explained to the New York Observer.
Weiner’s chances of a political comeback were over long before voters affirmed his irrelevance Tuesday. He finished fifth with a meager 5 percent of the vote. And this is his fifth time getting worst week in Washington.
Spitzer came far closer in his race, losing 48 percent to 52 percent to Stringer.
Anthony and Eliot, for forgetting that the past is always prologue, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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A history of bad weeks for Anthony Weiner: