July 18, 2013
By Steve Young Eliott Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Anthony Weiner are all disgraced, former elected officials who are back in the news. All cheaters. All liars. All seeking forgiveness and providing a plethora of middle-school sexual puns for New York tabloids. These bona fide betrayers of the public trust trudge on in quest of redemption and a return to the soapbox and spotlight. Spitzer, Sanford, Weiner. Are they all about serving the people, or do Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have lobbyists forcing these punch lines back into the public eye?
July 11, 2013
THERE IS an unofficial rule in journalism that three makes a trend, which means that Mark Sanford (disgraced former governor, now a South Carolina congressman), Anthony Weiner (disgraced former congressman, now running for New York City mayor) and now Eliot Spitzer (disgraced former governor, now running for New York City comptroller) have made 2013 the year of the quick-return-to-politics-after-a-sex-scandal-that-was-supposed-to-end-your-career. Whether this phenomenon is new or not, we find it worrisome and a little sad. It's not that we think that sex scandals should disqualify a person from holding public office.
July 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - First, Anthony Weiner vaulted back from an embarrassing sexting scandal to become a top mayoral contender. Now, Eliot Spitzer has sprinted onto the comeback campaign trail in New York City, where this fall's races are turning into a mini-Olympics of political redemption. Weiner, just two years after a tweeted underwear photo spelled the end of his congressional career, jumped into the race for the nation's biggest mayoral job less than two months before the deadline to get on the ballot.
May 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Anthony Weiner knows there may be a lot of New Yorkers who would never consider voting for him again, but he says he is running for mayor because he wants to bring his ideas to the fore - and win. "I don't kid myself. I know that this is going to be a difficult slog, and I'm going to have to have a lot of difficult conversations with people along the way," the former congressman, whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago, said by phone Wednesday after officially launching his mayoral bid. With a YouTube video posted late Tuesday, Weiner embarked on an audacious comeback quest, hoping to go from politician whose tweeted crotch shot was emblazoned on the nation's consciousness to leader of America's biggest city.
December 7, 2011 |
It seems DeSean Jackson is having better luck catching ladies than footballs. On consecutive nights, Jackson was seen out with video vixen Esther Baxter and R&B singer Mya . On Sunday night Baxter, who's been seen in hip-hop and R&B videos, in a few movies and as a model for King and other mags, was seen looking quite cozy with DeSean Jackson at the Eagles wide receiver's birthday party at G Lounge (111 S....
November 3, 2011 |
For the first time since the news broke that allegations arose that he had solicited sex with a male escort on a business trip in California, Medford Mayor Chris Myers faced residents at a Township Council meeting Wednesday night. The meeting was a special session to discuss a land deal involving 750 high-density residences off Route 70, a busy Jersey Shore route. About 200 residents packed the Public Safety Center. Myers, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 as a Republican in the Third District against the late John Adler, addressed the controversy early in the meeting.
July 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced yesterday that he will resign amid the political fallout from an 18-year-old woman's allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter with him. Wu had already said he would not seek re-election, but he had come under increasing pressure to step down. Shortly after the allegations broke, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi requested a House Ethics Committee investigation of his conduct. "The well-being of my children must come before anything else," Wu said in a statement.
June 28, 2011 |
It was a marriage made not in heaven, but in Hollywood. Three women. No man. The baby, State of Georgia, arrives Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC Family. It's a broad sitcom with a modicum of fun, written by big-time chick-lit author, and Philadelphian, Jennifer Weiner. She has sold 11 million books in 36 countries, but she has never made a TV show. State of Georgia stars been-on-TV-since-she-was-a-baby Raven-Symone as Georgia and the well-traveled but still somewhat obscure Majandra Delfino, whom TV heads may best remember as the snarky Maria DeLuca, human girlfriend of an alien, on Roswell more than 10 years ago. Delfino has never done a traditional sitcom before, and she's surprisingly good.
June 17, 2011
Hustler kingpin Larry Flynt has reached out to Anthony Weiner to offer the former congressman a "serious" job with his company, TMZ.com is reporting. Flynt sent a letter to Weiner yesterday moments after the disgraced pol resigned from Congress, saying, "After having learned of your sudden and compelled resignation from your Congressional post, I would like to make you an offer of employment at Flynt Management Group, LLC in our internet group. " Flynt said that his offer was "not made in jest" and that he was "willing to pay twenty percent more than your former Congressional salary, ensuring that your medical benefits would be equal to what you were previously receiving.