By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
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(CNN) – Two years ago, then Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner walked into a hotel ballroom in New York packed with reporters and admitted that he sent lewd photos to women he met online.
Now, he’s asking for a second chance as he runs for mayor of New York City. Every day on the campaign trail he finds himself apologizing, like he did at a recent mayoral candidate forum in the Bronx:
[4:55] “I’m sorry. You put a great deal of hope and confidence in me and I did some very embarrassing things and I regret them.”
A few weeks ago, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford won redemption in a special congressional election despite having run off with his Argentinian mistress for a week.
Kay Hymowitz is with the Manhattan Institute, a public policy think tank in New York and has written about these issues:
[2:53] “I think people are willing to forgive if they feel there’s been a real change and if they don’t have other choices that they’re not happy with and that seems the be the case here,” said Hymowitz.
But being given a second chance and actually getting people to vote for you are two different things.