Anthony Wiener, the disgraced Congressman whose career collapsed after a terrible lapse in judgment, has decided to run for Mayor of New York City. In announcing his bid for what some say, is the toughest job after President, Weiner said, “I hope I get a second chance”. In a video posted on his website Weiner says, “I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons.” He continues, “I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life.” Having met Weiner many times when he was my Congressman and spending a good deal of time visiting my sons’ school, I can attest to the fact that he’s a nice person who really wants to effect change and make a difference. The problem is, he showed terrible weakness by succumbing to his need to be sexually devious. Let me be clear, all men are programmed that way but the strong men, the ones who control their behaviors, are the ones you hope are making the important decisions. In the scheme of things, what Anthony Weiner did is no big deal. All human beings, male and female have two sides, a rational side and a sexual side. Everyone has done things that perhaps they’re not proud of. But they didn’t make the mistake of doing these things and getting caught, while holding an important position of distinction. The fact that he was stupid enough, and stupid is the correct word, to post pictures on the internet of his genitals and didn’t expect to get caught, demonstrates that he is lacking an important filter. Furthermore, he at first lied about it and that’s another important disqualifying personality trait. Yes, most if not all politicians lie but rarely do we catch them in such blatant lies. I would never feel comfortable voting for someone who is that out of touch with cause and effect. So while it’s important to forgive, politicians should only receive one strike before they’re out. I believe his campaign won’t go far but stranger things have happened. One never knows with the liberal voters of New York City. Add to that the fact that the list of Democratic candidates is weak at best and he may have a shot. The list includes front-runner and City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, City Councilman, Sal Albanese, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu.