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No political redemption for pols tied to sex scandals

Left, Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in

Left, Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in Manhattan. Right, Eliot Spitzer collects signatures for his run for New York City comptroller in Manhattan. (May 15, 2013, July 8, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert, AP)

Tuesday wasn’t a good night for New York City politicians involved in sex scandals.

Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner all went down in defeat in Democratic primaries.

Former Gov. Spitzer (running for New York City comptroller), former Congressman Weiner (running for NYC mayor) and former state Assemblyman Lopez (running for NYC council) were looking for political comebacks after resigning their offices amid sex scandals.

Kellner, a state assemblyman, lost his bid for New York City Council.

The National Organization for Women cheered the results.

"It turns out sexual misconduct is a fast track to a concession speech," Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC, said in a statement. "This election makes it clear that voters will reject candidates who fail to treat women with respect and dignity."

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

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