Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Will Anthony Weiner's "Weiner" Tweets Derail His Candidacy For Mayor of New York City?

New York City is the greatest city in the world.  I lived in the City (NYC'ers call it the City) before and after 9/11.  It is the city that is full of come back stories.  As Frank Sinatra sang in New York New York, "if I can make it there I can make it anywhere".  Almost two years ago, former Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress because of inappropriate Tweets he sent that contained photos of his private parts.  However, he has recently announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City.

In 2011, Weiner first claimed that his Twitter account was hacked after he was asked about some troubling Tweets being sent from his account.  However, when he declined to ask that the proper authorities investigate the matter I knew he was not being completely honest about the situation.  When I appeared on MSNBC to discuss the crisis I didn't want to accuse a member of Congress of lying so I only alluded to the troubling nature of the alleged claims by Weiner.

Until Weiner's social media usage became news, his political star was extremely bright.  Since leaving Congress, he has worked to rehabilitate his personal life and career.  While he may have learned some hard (no pun intended) lessons about social media, it appears that his staff needs some education on how to properly post video online to ensure it doesn't become a news story.

In general, politicians seem to be able to rebound from sex scandals and handsome profitably.  Time will tell if Weiner is added to the list.  Regardless of the outcome of the election, it will be interesting to see how Weiner handles all of the questions related to his past social media endeavors.    

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