Below is my letter to the future political leaders of America on why they should keep it in their pants:
Dear Aspiring political leader,
Bill Clinton is probably the best President of my lifetime and likely the smartest political mind of his generation. And yet, he was caught cheating on his wife. He was caught before the internet was the mainstream. He was caught before everyone was on Twitter. And he was caught despite conducting the affair in the safest building on the planet. Even with all of that, he still didn’t get away with it
Do you really think you’ll be able to get away with it? Do you really think that you are smarter than Bill Clinton?
Look, I don’t think a politician’s personal life is my business. Leaders like Clinton and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani didn’t seem to let their inability to stay faithful to their wives affect how they did their jobs. What I don’t like is when you guys lie to me about who you are.
If Eliot Spitzer tells me he’s a crime fighter, he can’t hire prostitutes. If John Edwards wants me to vote for him based on his moral compass, then he can’t father an illegitimate child. If Mark Sanford wants to lower taxes, then he can’t spends tax dollars on an affair. And If Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, and the countless Republicans want to tell me they're the party of family values, then they should probably shouldn't be dumping their wives while they’re in the hospital or regularly frequenting hookers.
That's something I always liked about Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani -- they never claimed to be morally superior people. They always campaigned as flawed men who wanted to do good. That's why I was willing to give Anthony Weiner a second look as a Mayoral candidate. What he did in 2011 was weird and gross, but, then, he always represented himself as a jerk. I'm didn't feel betrayed.
Moreover, I don’t get on board with the media line about how I don’t “need the drama” of an unfaithful person in office. If they really thought that I didn’t need it, they wouldn’t plaster my city with crude headlines or read explicit messages aloud on talk radio.
The media didn’t report on FDR’s endless affairs and he ended up being one of the top three presidents of all time. So, they're right – I don’t need the drama. So they should probably stop pushing it on me.
That said, young leader of the future, let’s remember something: it's unfair that the system works this way, but it still works this way. So tough it out, Senator Horndog.
I have a lot of good friends who worked for Edwards and Spitzer –friends who are now embarrassed to say they worked for those men. They shouldn’t be; nobody should be embarrassed to say, “I believed in a cause enough that I got behind a person who I thought could really get it done.”
(And in terms of Spitzer and Edwards, they didn’t just end their own careers – they silenced two of the Democratic Party’s most passionate voices against corporate corruption and for the poor. Two voices we certainly could have used in the past four years. And make no mistake, fucked up as the system is, the blame for losing those voices fall squarely on Spitzer and Edwards themselves. They knew what they were getting into.)
I’ve never been married, but everyone I know who is married has told me how much hard work it takes to make a marriage succeed. I don’t doubt them. I don’t doubt that it’s a challenge to resist temptation. But I don’t believe it’s impossible.
If you expect me to vote for you, or to knock on doors for you, or even raise money for you, then you’d better be playing by the system’s rules. You better keep it in your damn pants until you leave office. You’re not just putting your name on the line; you’re putting your beliefs on the line and you’re putting the names of the people who supported you on the line.
So you want me to put my name on the line for you? Then you owe me something worth my name. And my name is not worth someone who isn’t smart enough to understand the rules of the game they're playing
After yesterday, I will not be supporting Anthony Weiner in this fall’s election. If he couldn’t have been smart enough to clearly get this out there at the start of this campaign, then he doesn’t care enough about what he’s asking of myself or the voters of New York City.
So, future leader, if you want my vote, remember that you’re probably not smarter than Bill Clinton, and that you’d better be smarter than Anthony Weiner.