Last week news broke that Congressman Andrew Weiner was caught tweeting an image of his penis to a young women. Although the Congressmen initially denied sending the image, today he admitted to sending sexy pictures of himself to six women he corresponded with on Twitter and Facebook over the course of three years.
A tearful Rep. Weiner apologized to his wife and his constituents for such a “mistake,” but he vigorously insisted that he would not be stepping down from office.
Sex scandals and politics are not strange bedfellows. Former President Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about having sex with Monica Lewinsky, but refused to step down from office. Unlike some other politicians (Eliot Spitzer and John Ensign come to mind) whose career was ended due to scandal, Clinton was able to bounce back and go on to be a force in the political and philanthropic community.
The Rep. Weiner controversy has once again ignited the debate around politicians and sex scandals. Although Rep. Weiner claims he never met or had sex with any of the women he traded pictures with, many are wondering if this scandal will bring him down.