Already well known for the scandals that led to his resignation from the House of Representatives and a failed run for New York Mayor, Anthony Weiner is once again in the news for sexual misconduct – this time with a 15-year-old girl.
The former House Democrat pled guilty to sending lewd photos to a teen girl last year but explained at his sentencing hearing Wednesday that she had set him up to influence the election. He argues that since she tricked him, he shouldn’t have to serve any prison time – though that’s probably not the strongest legal defense.
Anthony Weiner’s Scandalous Past
For those of you not familiar with former Rep. Weiner’s scandalous past, CNN maintained a timeline of his career since the first revelation in May 2011, which, of course, he denied. Mr. Weiner finally admitted – tearfully – June 6, 2011, that the photo was of him and that he did indeed send it. He also confessed to having “inappropriate online relationships” with several women.
Despite his multiple apologies, similar situations continued to occur throughout the years. They plagued his political career and personal relationships and eventually led to his resignation, his failure to become mayor of New York City, and the destruction of his marriage.
Anthony Weiner’s Sickness
Anthony Weiner is a sick man; he has said it himself multiple times. After his confession in the first scandal, the disgraced congressman requested a “short leave of absence” to seek (undisclosed) treatment to “focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.”
CBS reported in May of this year that Anthony Weiner explained that he was a sick man and then “accepted full responsibility” for his actions:
“During the hearing, the Democratic former congressman apologized through tears to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts, saying, ‘I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.’
‘These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service,’ he continued. ‘I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed.’”
Anthony Weiner’s Change of Heart
As is often the case when public figures “accept full responsibility” for their actions, Mr. Weiner had a change of heart. Despite his tearful apology to the girl and his agreement not to appeal any sentence under 27 months, the fallen politician tried to shift all of the blame onto the teen at his sentencing hearing Wednesday.
As it turns out, the 15-year-old played him; she admitted as much after she sold the story to a British tabloid for $30,000. She claimed to have wanted from the beginning to see if she could use him to affect the 2016 presidential election. Hillary often blames the renewed investigation into her own email scandal for costing her the election, and apparently, Anthony Weiner’s laptop contained some Clinton emails, which were revealed during the FBI investigation into his involvement with the minor.
Ultimately though, none of that should have any effect on the outcome for Anthony Weiner. His lawyer claims that Anthony didn’t respond to the girl’s request because she was underage, but rather in spite of it – whatever that means. This man is still guilty of knowingly getting sexually involved with a minor.
Even though this is his first underage girl (that we know of), it’s far from the first sign that his issues only seem to be getting worse with time. If his “sickness” is advancing to the point that he just can’t resist the urge to involve himself sexually with minors, then the man needs help – and doing a little time might be the best way to give him the opportunity to sort it out. If nothing else, it would keep him away from underage girls.