Voters forgive despite sex scandals
May 30th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

Voters forgive despite sex scandals

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.

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  1. Sarah

    Liberals are headed to their destiny which they have created for themselves ..... Extinction. I watch them paddle toward the waterfall, and they get indignant if you try to help. Darwinism in action..... Have a nice ride!!

    June 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bs1

    Voters will vote for the available candidate that most represents their interests. They most certainly are not going to vote for a candidate that does not support their interests simply because the candidate that does had an affair or the like.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hiway

    Globalism and molly-coddling illegals of all stripes has killed Nationalism in this country. Many of us don't feel like we have a country anymore. Once we were a nation of people who valued our American heritage, that's all but gone now. We have seen the ugly underbelly of politics we thought were above the corruption of other countries, not so any more. We have seen the ugly underbelly of corporate owned government, our once highly regarded elected officials selling their souls to lobbyists for corporations and even foreign countries. We now know our banking system is a criminal enterprise we are taxed and forced to pay to bail out so that criminal activity can continue unabated, unprosecuted, with no white collars going to prison for long terms. Now we are left to choose between known liars and perverts because of these very problems. The only cure is the ballot box, the only problem with that is we don't vote based on facts, we vote based on "its your guy that's corrupt, not mine" and like Harry Truman said, I don't know why any working person would vote for a Republican – and I'll add Libertarian to that since the insanity of Rand Paul has hit the airwaves.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |

    They said "Weiner"

    June 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |

    Only 7% white? Looks like you're outnumbered Rambonehead

    June 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TopView20

    Arabs go home!

    June 3, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. TopView20

    These bogus scandals have shown how depraved the GOP is, and they underscore the need to resist the American concept of democracy. Holder did his job well and complied with the law. The Benghazi terrorist attacks did not involve the White House, and tje various other GOP allegations are fantasy.

    Americans are too unintelligent for national politics. The next GOP president will make Kim Jong look like a teddy bear. Time for the right-wing conservatives to go to their eternal fires of their next world. They will enjoy seeing Adolf Hitler again!

    June 3, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. gullible white cattle

    voters did not forgive. voters are tribal. voters are jews. if it was a gentile, his career would be over. But Wiener is "chosen". this is not left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Socialism vs liberty. This is war against White people.

    Why do hostile globalist elite defend Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but ravage White majority Europe/North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

    The world is 93% non-White, only 7% White. But 3rd world colonizers, Muslims, Sikhs, Hispanics, are aggressively advancing their agenda to annihilate gullible Whites, just as China annihilates Tibet.

    How long will gullible Whites cuckold for murderous anti-White elite, who confiscate our guns, infiltrate/subvert our banks/FBI/CIA, indoctrinate White kids in academia/mass media, plunder White jobs/wages, & butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars?

    "Native" Americans invaded from East Asia. Yellow & Brown races committed 10-times more genocide, slavery, imperialism than Whites. Since Old-Testament, Whites have been victims of Jewish/Crypto-Jewish, Turkic, Muslim, N.African imperialism, slavery, genocide.

    Gullible Whites should reject subversive ideologies- libertarianism, feminism, liberalism- & reject hostile slanders of racism. Peace to all humanity, but White people must organize to advance their interests, their fertility, their homelands. Spread this message. Reading list: goo.gl/iB777 , goo.gl/htyeq , amazon.com/dp/0759672229 , amazon.com/dp/1410792617

    May 31, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |

      Ok tough militia guy, define "white"

      June 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |

      LMAO at this nut...I can picture him in front of his mirror with his little Hitler mustache screaming this crazy "protect the white race" rant, with lipstick and a wig, like the paranoid delusional nut job the he/she is.

      And to boot, this looney is somewhere out there in one your neighborhoods.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |