Political Scandals and Electability

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With the arrest and subsequent entrance into rehab of Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Sonoma County has its own political scandal.

As reported in the Press Democrat
, Carrillo was arrested in his socks and underwear allegedly attempting to break into a neighbor’s house. He had previously been arrested in San Diego for getting into a fight, and these two incidents along with admitted overuse of alcohol inspired him to, according to the most recent Press Democrat article, take a month off and check into rehab.

Is this the end of his political career?

While this is happening in Sonoma County, New York papers have had a field day with the announcement of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner’s reemergence into the political scene. Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York in 2008 after it came out he had spent up to $80,000 on prostitutes in the previous years. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after “sexting” photos of his nether regions (how apropos given his name) to at least one woman he met online.

However, these two fallen politicians have come back with a vengeance. Weiner is running for mayor and Spitzer for controller. And they are doing well in the polls.

Are the American people so forgiving that prostitution and sexting are forgivable sins and just a few years out of sight and a lot of apologies render these men electable again? It appears so and Carrillo should be very happy to hear it.

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