The Year Of The Disgraced Politicians Across America
After having what appeared to be career-ending controversies, two politicians have made a major comeback to the political spotlight.
Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was recently elected to Congress by defeating Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, in a special election. He resigned from the governor’s office after having an affair with his Argentinian mistress.
Sanford, while acting as Governor, would disappear for several days at a time with no one knowing where he was or able to contact him. The governor’s office eventually said Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
After admitting the affair, he resigned from office in 2009. Now, he’s back as a congressman.
In New York, then-Congressman Anthony Weiner got ‘intimate’ with Twitter, posting some personal photos to the networking site in 2011. After first denying he published the photos, he later admitted they were his and resigned from his seat in Congress.
Anthony Weiner was considered to be a rising star in the Democratic Party, seen by many as a potential replacement to independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The seemed to have destroyed his political career. But after rumors, Weiner announced late last night he would run for the Mayor’s office.
While Weiner has the burden of having to overcome his own scandal, he also has a loaded field of Democrats to compete with. Despite these, many in New York believe Weiner could be a strong contender.
How or why are these politicians returning to the political spotlight after such scandals? Is it a matter of lesser of two evils, or maybe they are good politicians? And are these the people we want leading the country? Let us know below!