Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Editorials

August 1, 2013

Success in politics is just scandalous

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“And former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner? He sends photos of his privates to every woman in the world except the queen of England, resigns in disgrace, and now he’s the favorite to be the next mayor of New York City.”

“Wait a minute,” I say, “What about Florida Rep. Mark Foley, who came on to young male congressional pages? He resigned and didn’t run for anything again. And neither did former Idaho Sen. Larry ‘Wide Stance’ Craig, who got busted for lewd conduct in an airport men’s room.”

“But,” my interviewer replied, “for every Foley and Craig there’s a Barney Frank, who stayed in Congress for 20 years after some unpleasantness regarding a male prostitute. And look at Ted Kennedy, Chuck Robb, Ken Calvert and Mark Sanford, all of whom got elected after getting caught messing around with women who were not their wives.”

He turned and pointed to the photographs of Clinton and Gingrich.

“Giants,” he said reverently. “These men are giants. All those scandals, and one man is our most popular living ex-president, and the other won the South Carolina Republican primary last year.”

“Excuse me,” I say, “about my running for office?”

“I got nothing for you, fella,” he says. “Come back after you’ve gotten caught doing something scandalous.”

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. He can be reached at spollak@thedailystar.com.

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