POLITICS (State, Local, National): Scandals, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, editorial: "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner just need to go away"....
* Sacramento Bee (editorial): "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner just need to go away" - From the Bee:
It never ceases to amaze how some politicians can delude themselves that they are so indispensable and entitled that any scandal should not disqualify them. Just look at the spectacle of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner – if you can stomach it. The honorable thing for both to do would be to spare their cities the turmoil and step aside.
But no, they won't go away. They insist on putting their political ambitions ahead of everything else.
Some might say their fates matter only to residents of San Diego and New York. That would be wrong. If Filner and Weiner somehow survive, it would further lower the bar of acceptable behavior for all public officials. And that would be bad for all of us.
Some people might argue that as long as no laws were broken, personal peccadilloes don't make someone unfit for elected office. But there is a point at which questions of judgment and self-discipline completely undermine whatever positives a politician might offer on policy and leadership. Both Filner and Weiner have crossed that line.
Filner admits he needs help; even if Weiner won't acknowledge it, he obviously does. Whatever demons they have, they should be exorcised in private, not played out in public. Like every other politician, they need to remember that it's not about them. If they truly care about the people they want to lead, they won't prolong these soap operas any longer.