Niagara Gazette

Opinion

July 11, 2013

GLYNN: Mario Cuomo cites crux of sleaze in politics

Niagara Gazette — Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner both contend they’re trying to make a comeback in politics to serve the public. Obviously they failed the first time around so why should anyone trust them now?

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica put it best: “In their insanely self-absorbed view of things, the public is there to serve them.”

Spitzer, as you know, resigned in 2008 after it was revealed that he was connected as a client to a high-end prostitution ring. The story broke shortly after then-Gov. Spitzer placed a phone call to a prostitute in Washington, D.C., while he was on official business in Niagara Falls. (He had stopped for lunch at the former Shorty’s Ultimate Bar and Grill.) Subsequently, the disgraced politician landed a job teaching at New York University and cable television show that failed with poor ratings. Then, out of the blue, Spitzer announced Sunday that he was entering the New York City controller’s race. That could be another pipe dream if he fails to secure the signatures of 3,750 Democrats to enter the primary. The filing deadline is 11:59 p.m. today.

Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after it was learned he had sent a sexually sensitive photo of himself to an adult woman following him on Twitter. That never stopped him, however, from entering the mayoral race. (Michael Bloomberg is not seeking re-election.)

Viewing the scandals and the ongoing lack of trust in public servants, former Gov. Mario Cuomo — father of the current governor — says: “If you want to solve the problems, then you need to start with the people, who have to start taking a greater role here before the fact, instead of waiting until later to start complaining about who got elected.” He’ s absolutely correct. If the voters show they don’t really care who wins the election, then they deserve what they get.

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