By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
July 29, 2013
On one coast, we have a prick of a mayor and on the other coast we have a would-be mayor obsessed by his prick. It’s hard to say who’s the creepiest perv: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner or New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. What we do know is this: neither jackass should be the top elected official of a major American city.
Filner, 70, has alienated just about everyone in his base with his handsy, mouthy harassment of engaged, dedicated women who worked like crazy to get an improbable Democrat elected in conservative San Diego.
Now he’s going into “intensive therapy” to fix a problem that obviously predated his mayoralty. What he ought to do is work a deal that if he resigns, nobody will sue him so he can just crawl back under whatever rock from which beneath he slimed.
Weiner, 48, has been exposed as an Internet streaker of the first order, having texted not just explicitly sexual messages to various women but a picture of his naked junk – after resigning from Congress and pledging that he’d never act the digital weirdo again.
John Oliver, sitting in for Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, summed up Weiner’s problem better than anyone in his epic takedown: ”Anthony Weiner does suffer from a debilitating addiction . . . He’s addicted to running for office. And if he could just give that up he could live a full, productive life as an internet sex freak.”
Narcissistic aphrodisiacs: They are hardly the first politicians to engage in kinky, illicit, sexualized behavior, of course. The list is long and thoroughly bipartisan, including the likes of John F. Kennedy, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton and John Edwards, and Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, Larry Craig and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name just a few.
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