You get what you elect. As Americans we have the opportunity to choose our leadership. For reasons I will not go into here, we often allow the media and our two-party system to influence who we choose instead of doing our own due diligence. Anthony Weiner remains a mayoral candidate for the city of New York. His latest scandal is noted by the New York Times at the bottom of this post. (The same NYT that profiled Weiner and his wife in a very flattering way in April of this year). Here are some recent politicians that we as Americans have elected:
In Massachusetts the last three Speaker of The House either are or have served time in prison for their crimes while in office. Charlie Flaherty, Tom Finneran, Sal DiMassi.
Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the national capital, the first prominent civil-rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city; he gave the presidential nomination speech for Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by FBI officials on drugcharges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded Barry seeking re-election, and Barry served six months in a federal prison. After his release, however, he was elected to the D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.
On June 24, 2009, Sanford resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, after he publicly revealed that he had engaged in anaffair with María Belén Chapur, an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged. He was later censured by the South Carolina General Assembly following a State Ethics Commission investigation into allegations that he had misused state travel funds to conduct his affair.