Former Congressman and disgraced politician Anthony Weiner has been hired as a political columnist by an online publication called "The Business Insider," according to ABC News on March 24. Weiner, who was forced to resign from Congress because he texted nude pictures of himself to a twenty-one year old Seattle woman, ran for Mayor of New York in 2012.
In Weiner's Mayoral race, he had yet another texting scandal with three other women and subsequently lost the race after being in the lead before the scandal emerged. His platform was very unconventional, calling, among other things, for sex offenders to be tracked with GPS devices, and for the City Council to be turned into a British style Parliament. Weiner also called for tax incentives for businesses that encourage their employees to ride bikes to work.
As a Member of Congress, Weiner served on the following committees: Ways and Means, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Education and the Workforce. During the sexting scandal investigation, Weiner was stripped of all of his committee assignments after it was revealed that he lied about the scandal. He originally told the media and fellow Members of Congress, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, that someone had "hacked" his email account and sent these pictures of him to the young Seattle woman.
Weiner admitted a few days later that he had lied and that he was the one who had texted his nude pictures to the young woman. Pelosi asked Weiner to resign and stripped him of all of his committee assignments, leaving him the only sitting Member of Congress who was not on a single committee.
At first Weiner was defiant and said that he had been elected to serve in Congress and that he was going to remain in Congress and not resign. However, the media and political pressure ensued and on June 23, 2011, Weiner finally resigned from Congress.
In 2012, Weiner announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York. At first his campaign was going very well and he was ahead in the race. But then it was revealed that he had sexted three additional women from late 2012 to April 2013. As a result of the revelations, Weiner came in fifth place in the Democratic primary for Mayor in 2013.
Staff members at the Business Insider expressed hopes that Weiner will be able to provide the insight of an insider in his column, stating:
“It will feature Weiner’s thoughts on the top political issues of the day imbued with his unique insider’s perspective."
As for Weiner, he has less grandiose objectives for his column, expressing that he hopes that the column will get him noticed. Weiner stated:
“Maybe this’ll get me mentioned on the interwebs.”
Perhaps Weiner, through his column, will find more constructive and socially acceptable ways of attracting attention than he as utilized over the last few years. One can only hope.