Rep. Anthony Weiner finally acceded to demands that he resign because of his 'sexting' scandal. The incident further opens private lives in Congress to public scrutiny.
That’s the view of many of his former colleagues, speaking Thursday just off the House floor. “Had he come out straight forward in the very beginning, he would have seen less of, ‘You’ve got to go,’ ” says Rep. Bill Pascrell (D) of New Jersey. “We’re all human here.”
Still, the speed and intensity of Congressman Weiner’s fall raises new questions on the line between public and private behavior that some members and ethics watchdogs find troubling.
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“There’s now very little distinction between public and private life, and I think politicians should know that,” says Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The Weiner case “sets a dangerous precedent,” she adds. “There are still members of Congress engaged in sexual improprieties. The second you’re involved in one, are you out?” she adds.
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