Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who infamously fled Congress after his sexting scandal, announced Wednesday he'll run for mayor of New York. Would voters elect him? Here's one resident's reaction.
COMMENTARY | Anthony Weiner does not strike me as a nice guy. Neither does Michael Bloomberg or Rudy Giuliani, and neither did Ed Koch. I think that the attitude, here in New York, is that nice guys don't make good mayors.
We look for narcissists who talk too much (usually about themselves, as narcissists do) but have a distinct flavor that can only be found in this city. Weiner fits that. He is also an accomplished politician who was a rising star until his poor personal choices did him in. He knows how to get things done and he has the connections to do them.
The way I see it, almost every politician has some secret equivalent to Weiner's sexting scandal, and if they don't, they're probably not great at their jobs. It's unfortunate, but seemingly true, that the character traits that make people untrustworthy and a chore to be around are tied to the ones that make them good political leaders.
I think Weiner has what it takes, as long as he learned his lesson. I won't say I'll vote for him, but I'll listen to what he has to say.
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