Something to Think About: On Lying Politicians

Something to Think About: On Lying Politicians June 9, 2011

As more and more national leaders from both political parties are calling for the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner because he sent lewd, unwanted messages to women over the Internet and then lied about it repeatedly in public, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is confused. According to ABC News:

He's thinking about it.

“This is a massive overreaction and I don’t understand it,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. . . .

As for Weiner’s bald lies to his family, constituents and the general public in media appearances last week about the lewd photo that appeared on Twitter, Sloan said it was disconcerting and tarnished his credibility but not the worst Washington has seen.

“A politician lying is not that unusual,” Sloan said. “If the new standard is that politicians are out the second they lie to us, then a lot of politicians could be gone.” . . .

“I think there will be a public backlash when people start to think about what is this guy really accused of doing, and is this the most serious thing a politician has done when most people are really concerned about politicians selling their office to special interests. There’s no kind of that allegation here.”

Okay, so let me get this straight, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington doesn’t have a problem with the fact that a congressman repeatedly lied in public (putting aside for a moment his behavior in private). Now that’s something to think about.

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