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The Pervert Spiral: Worst Case Scenario About a 'Mayor Anthony Weiner'

Late last week I used this space to dispel the myth that Anthony Weiner's private life was his own affair and should not concern voters. After all, some argue, if Weiner's wife is willing to forgive, who are we to judge? Well, any behavior that might compromise anyone to a point where they can be blackmailed into doing something against the public interest should always worry voters, and is most certainly "our business."

What should really worry New York City voters, though, is that it is not uncommon for individuals who engage in the kind of reckless behavior Anthony Weiner has confessed to, to seek out even more reckless thrills after the old ones lose their juice.

I'm not going to speculate about how that behavior might manifest itself in Weiner, but like drug addicts, some sexual degenerates need to chase bigger and bigger highs to get their "fix."

There is evidence that Weiner might already be caught in this spiral. As a sitting congressman, he risked everything in his adventures in online flashing. After he was caught and lost his Congressional seat, Weiner appeared in major media outlets to assure America he was cured. The photo spreads featured a loving father to a lovely wife and newborn, and there was already talk of him running a redemption campaign for mayor of New York.  

The fact that during this carefully-managed rehabilitation campaign Weiner continued his online flashing with strange woman was an even bigger risk than what came before -- and therefore a bigger "high."

So what could possibly come next, especially after an already out-of-control ego is fed with becoming one of the most powerful mayors in the world?


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