Caught in the Act

Recently former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer decided to reignite their political careers after embarrassing public admissions forced them to resign. As they campaign, many voters are questioning whether a politician’s repeated poor judgment signals an inability to lead or whether he or she should be given a second chance.

Weiner’s political downfall occurred in 2011 when the married congressman sent sexually explicit photos of himself through Twitter to various women. He initially denied it, and the photos were quickly removed, but the damage had already been done, and he was forced to resign. He is now running for mayor of New York.

Spitzer was discovered to be a client of a high-end prostitution service first while he was attorney general and later as governor. The married father of three was caught on a federal wiretap while arranging to meet with a call girl in a Washington, D.C., hotel room the night before Valentine’s Day in 2008. Spitzer reportedly had at least seven liaisons with prostitutes over six months, paying more than $15,000 for their services, according to official reports. He was forced to resign as governor in 2008 and is now running for city comptroller.

Weiner and Spitzer are at the mercy of the public, whom they hope will give them a second chance, and these politicians seem to be confident their indiscretions can be overlooked.