News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 1, 2013

RONN MOTT: ‘Weiner’

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — Anthony Weiner is a weasel and, in that comparison, I’m not being fair to the weasel.

By the time this gets into print, Anthony Weiner may have found himself a man who is no longer on the Democratic ticket to be mayor of New York City. This is insanity. The doctors will have a different name for this, but it is a red-line version of, “Don’t vote for this man!”

Mr. Weiner resigned from Congress ahead of being booted out. He was never very popular with the New York Congressional caucus because he was always elbowing his way to the front to take credit for things he sometimes had only a small part in.

He got in trouble for sexting (a word that means using the Internet for sexual dialogue and/or pictures). He made the usual apologies and, of course, said it would never happen again. There lies the rub, because just a few weeks ago, it happened again. This time, with his wife at his side, he apologized for this idiotic stunt of sexting. A small child who burns himself on a hot stove learns his lesson, but this politician has failed to learn this particular lesson. If he is tossed off the ballot, one way or another, he’s getting his just desserts. If he stays on the ballot and gets thrashed in the primary, he also gets his just desserts.

It’s one thing, and a wrong thing, for this to happen to Joe Citizen, but it is entirely a different thing for it to happen to a man asking for his fellow citizens to vote for him. Crazy to the extreme!

Certain positions carry enormous responsibility. The office Weiner covets, the mayor of New York City, is one of those offices.

No man is an island, no man is without his immoral thoughts and, sometimes, immoral actions, but when you’re asking the citizens you wish to serve to put you in office, it is just plain wrong.

Weiner, go see a shrink. Grow up. Try to stay on the straight and narrow and, perhaps, one day the people of New York will forgive you. However, that isn’t going to happen now, not in this primary election.  

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.